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Bullying can take many forms and can include:

  • Physical Assault
  • Teasing
  • Making Threats
  • Name Calling
  • Cyberbullying – bullying via mobile phone or online (eg email, social networks and instant messenger)

Have you ever been called funny names that you did not like at school? Have you ever been repeatedly laughed at by someone or a group of kids, or a gang in your class in a way that makes you sad? What about repeated threats and even physical abuse by someone for some reason?

In this modern era, the internet, computers, and mobile phones are common ways of networking and having access to each other. But this also comes with a very serious threat. Bullies these days use the computers, internet and phones to:

  • Send threats, taunting or teasing e-mails to you.
  • Spread gossip or rumors.
  • Impersonate (pretending to be someone) online to get you to
  • e-mail things that will embarrass you or put people in trouble.
  • Texting hurtful or rude comments to someone’s phone.

Below are a few reasons why bullies behave the way they do:

  • People can direct frustrations, hurt, anger and difficulty at home or in class to you by bullying.
  • Lack of attention from friends, parents or teachers can make a person bully you, just to feel popular and seen as ‘tough’ or ‘cool’ and in charge.
  • Some kids have learned to bully from others (parents, brothers or sisters, friends).They have seen them getting their way by being angry or pushing other people around. They believe that by putting fear in you, they will have the best shot at everything in school or in your neighbourhood.
  • Some people also do that because they are victims themselves.
  • Bad upbringing at home can make people insensitive to other people's feelings and emotions. They are happy to see their classmate depressed, sad and hurt.
  • Watching a lot of violent films (movies and TV), and video games can make a person try out violent things. They usually try them out on people who appear smaller or weaker to them. 

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