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Bullying Essay

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Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as hitting, name-calling, pushing, threatening or undermining someone or spreading rumours.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance definition of bullying is:
“the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power”.
Bullying is frequently defined as deliberately hurtful or aggressive behaviour, usually repeated over a period of time and difficult for victims to defend themselves against in which the goal is intimidation or dominance over another person. Bullying includes intimidation, harassment and discrimination and results in pain and distress to the victim.
The charity Kidscape estimates that 1 in 12 children
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• Missing or damaged clothes
Verbal
Verbal bullying includes name calling, teasing, taunting insults, mocking, sarcasm, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse. While verbal abuse can start off harmless, it can escalate to levels which start affecting the individual target.
Example: When a child says to another child, “You’re really, really fat, and so is your Mum.”
Potential effects on children and young people:
• Show aggressive tendencies, say hurtful things (just like their bullies)
• Turn their anger inward becoming self-destructive (possibly engage in substance abuse)
• Delayed development
• Become depressed or anxious
• Low self-esteem
• Lacks confidence
• Becomes withdrawn and isolated, moody
• Change in appetite (comfort eating or not eating at all)
Emotional, Social or Relational
Emotional, social or relational bullying, sometimes referred to as covert bullying, is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind a person’s back. It is designed to harm someone’s social reputation and/or cause humiliation, deliberately preventing someone from joining in or being part of the group. Social bullying includes:
• Lying or spreading rumours
• Rude or upsetting facial or physical
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