Say No to Bullying

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Have you ever been called "ugly"?
Have you ever been called "Fat"?
Has someone made you feel totally insecure about your appearance? Everyone in this room has probably been bullied at least once in their life. It’s not the best feeling is it? It makes one feel insecure, humiliated and very uncomfortable. It has the power to destroy lives, mentally and physically. Studies have showed that 1 out of 6 students are harassed or bullied at least once a week in Australian schools. An alarming fact is that 40% of suicide victims had been bullied at school.

Bullying behaviour is no longer confined to the school room, or playground but throughout adulthood as well. ‘Bullying behaviour can be communicated via text, mobile phones, internet, social networking sites, forums and so on.

There are many types of bullying, you may think calling some a nasty name is what bullying is all about but there is more to bullying.

Physical Bullying: is being hit, kicked, pinched or tripped

Verbal Bullying is being called names, teased, put downs, and insults

Psychological bullying is being threatened, stalked or manipulated

Social bullying is being ignored, having rumours spread about you, or telling lies about you.

Sexual bullying is unwanted touching or bushing against someone, picking on someone because of their sexual preference.

Cyber bullying is, insulting someone in chat rooms, sending cruel or threatening emails, text messages, or spreading rumours using mobile phones.

Bullying is a serious problem in our society today. Victims are not the problem, the bullies are. So why do bullies bully?

There are a lot of reasons why some people bully. They may see it as a way of being popular, or making themselves look tough and in charge. Some people bully to get attention, or to make other people afraid of them. Others might be jealous of the person they are bullying. They may be being bullied themselves. Some bullies don't understand how...
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