Bullying in Schools – Prevention Tips

Bullying is a form of harassment perpetrated by an abuser who possesses more physical and/or social power and dominance than the victim. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a target. The harassment can be verbal, physical and/or emotional”.

Some of the ways of bullying are: calling names, saying or writing nasty things about the victim, leaving the victim out of activities, not talking to the victims, threatening victims, taking or damaging the victims’ things, assaulting victims, or making victims do things they don’t want to do.

In short you can define bullying as victimising someone who is physically strong, weak or has some or the other disabilities.

The effects of bullying can be

: long term emotional and behavioral problems; loneliness, depression, and anxiety; loss of confidence and be more prone to illness.
In schools, bullying usually occurs in areas with little adult supervision. It can occur in nearly any part in or around the school building like bathrooms, on school buses and bustops, school compounds, classes that require group work and/or after school activities.

Bullying in school sometimes consists of a group of students taking advantage of, or isolating one student and gaining the loyalty of bystanders who want to avoid becoming the next victim. Targets of bullying in school are often pupils who are considered strange or different by their peers to begin with, making the situation harder for them to deal with. Bullying can also be perpetrated by teachers, especially vain or mean teachers.

Here are

few ways to combat psychological and verbal bullying:

Bullies are taken aback when you walk away, or ignore hurtful emails or instant messages. Sooner or later the bully may get bored with you. So walk with confidence as this type of body language tells others that you’re not vulnerable and sometimes it can be harder.

Use humor

if you have to go through a situation where maintaining composure would be difficult. This needs a bit of practice. Write down your feelings and talk to someone who will understand your problems as talking about feelings is a good outlet for the fears and frustrations that build up in your mind.

Some adults believe

that bullying is a part of growing up and that hitting back is the only way to tackle the problem. But you can never be sure what the bully will do in response so keep away from physical contact.

Start feeling good

about yourself. Take control of your feelings. You can’t control other people’s actions. Make friends so that other kids will protect you from being teased as most of the bullying takes place in front of other peers.

In case you feel threatened

talk to a guidance counselor, teacher, or friend or anyone who can give you the support you need. If you’ve been bullied with rumors or gossip, especially ignoring and not reacting can help. But take it one step further to help ease feelings of hurt and isolation. We all feel stressed, angry, or frustrated at some time and picking on someone else is a quick escape and it takes attention away from the problems.

Bullies don’t know

that they are bullying others. They are sadists somewhere and until they face some other stronger bully they don’t know what it is to be bullied.

Combat bullying

by joining your school’s anti-violence program or start one of your own if your school does not have one.