#NoBulliesAllowed – Understanding Bullying Before Addressing It
“Bullying builds character like nuclear waste creates superheroes. It’s a rare occurrence and often does much more damage than endowment.” said author, Zack W. Van. Children and adolescents face numerous forms of bullying…at home with siblings, in school with seniors and classmates, in the park with peers and friends…pushing them into isolation or indignation, fear or aggression, mental illnesses and failed relationships, and a spiral of unhappiness, caused by that one bully in their life. Often this bullying is not taken too seriously by parents, families and teachers, due to lack of understanding about what it means to be bullied or not having tangible solutions to rectify it. Here’s a simple explanation of what bullying means and what forms it can take.
What is bullying?
Bullying is the repetitive intent to hurt or damage an individual or a group of people that have little power to help themselves. An epidemic with far-reaching consequences amongst children and adolescents these days, it is a type of violence, a pattern of behaviour rather than an isolated incident, and it has an adverse impact on the victim, the bully and bystanders. An ‘unwanted, aggressive behaviour’ among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power, this behaviour is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullies use name-calling, rumors, and sometimes physical attacks to damage their victim’s self-esteem.