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Bullying myths and facts

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Bullying myths and facts

There are many myths and facts surrounding bullying. Some of these often suggest that bullying is trivial and that the person involved is just making a big deal out of nothing. This makes the person that is being bullied feel undermined.

The below points are often raised or questioned by individuals.

Myth: How easy is it to spot the signs of bullying?

Fact: It is not always easy to spot the signs of bullying, as it is not always physical or obvious. Verbal, emotional, and cyber bullying  leave scars that people don’t see.

Myth: One is born a Bully. it is in your genes or hereditary

Fact: Bullies often react this way as they were bullied by others, or they adopt this behaviour from their environment. One is not born a bully.

Myth: It is okay to hit someone who bullies or hits you.

Fact: One understands that you may be angry, but if you were to hit back or use violence and aggression it will only make things worse.

Myth: Bullying only happens in schools

Fact: This is not true. Bullying can happen anywhere and to anyone.

Myth: Bullying is a normal part of childhood and growing up

Fact: Bullying is not normal. Neither is it acceptable in any way or form. If we think it will just go away as we grow up, then this is a big mistake, as bullying destroys ones self confidence, which can affect you long term. 

Myth: Cyberbullying is not physical, so then not harmful.

Fact: Online or cyberbullying is a very serious issue, and very harmful to to the person who is experiencing it. The threats and abuse can go viral and create immense damage in a very short space of time. Some individuals can become suicidal and or desperate in such incidences.

Myth: A bully has a certain look about them and can be easily spotted. 

Fact: There is no specific behaviour or dress code for bullies, and they follow no normal patterns.

Myth: Children always grow out of bullying

Fact: This is often not the case, as children who have been bullies may become adults who continue to bully others. They may also use other forms of negative behaviour to get their own way.

Bullying should not be tolerated in any form. It is important to address bullying whether it is in a workplace, school, neighbourhood or home.

I understand the pain and distress that bullying can cause to both parent and child. If you are in a situation where you need some skills to help you cope, then please contact me here for your Complimentary Call.

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