There are many myths surrounding the issue of bullying. These can potentially be harmful if you’ve ever experienced bullying because they trivialise your experience and suggest that bullying isn’t something to be worried about. People might say:
- “Bullying is just a normal part of growing up.” Bullying is never acceptable and should not be ignored. This will not help stop it. We should help prevent it when we can.
- “Bullying helps toughen you up.” Bullying can easily have devastating effects that no one should have to deal with.
- “It is easy to spot the signs of bullying.” It is not always easy to notice the signs of bullying, as it is not always physical. Bullying can be verbal, online, or emotional. The signs of bullying are sometimes hard to spot.
These opinions can have a massive impact on the people being bullied because they show a lack of awareness and discourage people from reporting it. Some of these negative effects include:
- Difficulties sleeping
- Low self esteem
- Struggling to focus at school
- Difficulties making friends
When we talk about bullying, we immediately feel sympathy towards those being bullied, but we don’t often talk about the bullies. It is crucial to realise that the ones who bully are also suffering. Their behaviour, although never ok, is sometimes caused by:
- Low self esteem
- Being bullied themselves
- Difficult home life
The people doing the bullying need just as much support as those being bullied.
What can you do?
You might be afraid to report bullying, but it is important to confide in someone you trust, rather than suffer in silence. If you see someone being bullied, talk to them and show them support. It will help them feel better, and it will help you feel better.
For more information on bullying, why not have a look at our Bullying information page:
Thanks to our Young Ambassador Nabila, for writing this inspiring blog.
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