Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behaviour is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict. Behaviours used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threat, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets…

A bullying culture can develop in any context in which humans interact with each other. This includes school, family, the workplace, home, and neighbourhoods. The main platform for bullying is on social media websites.

Those who have been the targets of bullying can suffer from long term emotional and behavioural problems. Bullying can cause loneliness, depression, anxiety, lead to low self-esteem and increased susceptibility to illness.

While some people find it very easy to ignore a bully, others may find it very difficult and reach a breaking point. There have been cases of apparent bullying suicides that have been reported closely by the media.

Bullying is painful and humiliating, and persons who are bullied feel embarrassed, battered and shamed. If the pain is not relieved, bullying can even lead to consideration of suicide or violent behaviour.

Bullying creates a culture of fear and has a negative impact on everyone involved. Being bullied can seriously affect a person’s physical, emotional, academic and social well-being. Many sufferers of bullying lack confidence, feel bad about themselves, have few friends and spend a lot of time alone.

Bullying is an attempt to instill fear and self-loathing. “Being the repetitive target of bullying damages your ability to view yourself as a desirable, capable and effective individual,” Dr. Mark.

HelpMeOut provides a platform where you can speak out on your bullying experience, thus enabling other people to do the same. Bullying is never okay or acceptable, and we encourage you to speak out on bullying because you are important!

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