Is bullying ok
Is bullying fine?
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You have asked if bullying is fine. To answer that, let’s explore what bullying is. Bullying is when a person or group repeatedly says or does things to hurt or control another person. It can happen to anyone, anywhere. Bullying exists in many different forms; sometimes it can be very obvious, while other times it can be very discreet, but just as damaging.
Verbal bullying often involves hurtful teasing, threatening, and name-calling, or making nasty remarks about a person or their friends or family. Physical bullying includes any physical contact which could hurt or injure a person, for example, pushing, hitting, or kicking. Cyber-bullying, another form of bullying, happens through texts, social media posts, or in other ways which use technology. Sending nasty messages, sharing upsetting photographs, and spreading rumors about people online are all forms of cyber-bullying.
Even though there are many types of bullying, it is never acceptable. Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, self-harm, and in some cases even death. It also increases the risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and school avoidance. While most forms of bullying are not against the law, you may be able to report some bullying to An Garda Síochána, such as:
• Someone being violent or physically assaulting you
• Someone sexually assaulting you
• Someone stealing things from you
• Someone sharing an intimate picture of you
Dealing with bullies is extremely difficult, so if you have been a victim of bullying, it’s important to reach out to an adult you can trust. Tell them how you’re feeling and what the bully has done to you. A parent, carer, teacher, or guidance counsellor will be able to take action to stop the bullying.
Childline is also here to help. Our services are free, confidential, and non-judgmental and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can contact Childline by phone on 1800 66 66 66 or through our Live Chat on www.childline.ie.
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