Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets. Rationalizations of such behavior sometimes include differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behavior, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability. If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing.
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I have never been the victim of bullying, but the does not mean that I haven't seen the after affects.... I am the oldest of two girls and It was my younger sister who has been the victim of this harassmant for the last two years. I have seen the way it run.s kids and teens emotionally.I will never be able to look at someone who is bullied without wondering how they pushing through it. I have also become disgusted at how schools will try to brush it under the rug. This is something that needs stopped!
Contributed by Morgan Lee
The interesting thing about bullying is that when bullies meet others, they try to hurt them in various forms. One form is verbal, and they use verbal abuse to make others seem inadequate. They will use qualities that they feel make themselves seem inadequate, and project them onto their victims. For example, some bullies who know they are homosexual and don't happy with it may project this as an inadequacy by calling their victims gay, and many homophobic slurs. If these people were happy with themselves, they would not be out hurting other people. Based on this, their mentality is that if they're not happy, nobody else should be. Perhaps with this knowledge, we can get bullies to stop fighting against us, and even make them our friends.
Contributed by Shafiq Alleyne
For the past 5 years, I have made presentations to schools, community centers, and gyms about my personal experience with bullying as well as conduct interviews with celebrities about their experiences with bullying for the purpose of providing inspiration to other teens.
Contributed by Brian Reynolds
NO matter how small it is, bullying IS bullying. Be it in real life or social media, bullying IS bullying. You never know what happens. Small matters could lead to bitter and painful endings. This child deserved the life he wanted; everyone does. It's not a matter of who's at fault, it's a matter of not ever doing it because we are talking about lives that are important, maybe not to us, but the families and loved ones who are left alone with nothing but memories. Imagine a life without your precious ones, what emotions do you think are being pulled up from within you? Do you think you could handle it? DO you think you could live with it? It might seem okay, but it is never okay! Bullying IS Bullying.
Contributed by Leah Marie Ingreso Venenoso
5 friends at an elementary school in Minnesota stand up to bullying of a peer with a learning disability by becoming his friend. The boy being bullied, James Willmert went from not wanting to go outside for recess to playing touch football all because of these 5 kids' efforts. Now these boys went out of their way recently to help raise money to get their new friend video games and a gaming system- now that's what I call generosity!
Contributed by Sam Feldstone
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