Most people have experienced Bullying of some level in their life. It may have been due to something like glasses, or braces, or maybe you were shy or a loner. It also may have been for no reason at all. Some people are simply keen to be mean!
It doesn’t end in our younger years either. Unfortunately, the most traumatic times can be when we are well in to adulthood. Social Media plays its part and online bullying has escalated.
You only need to look at the comments section of articles and posts to see the ugly face of bullying. Keyboard Warriors are the worst, and mostly when confronted in the real world, they crumble faster than a stock cube! If you pick up the phone, they are likely to hang up on you.
Most are nowhere near as witty when it comes to thinking on the spot. Hiding behind a computer where they can edit their snarky answers is much easier than a real time conversation! This Infographic from Osiris Educational has some astonishing facts.
The above Infographic from No Bullying shows that there are 7 Online behaviors that are easily identifiable. Exclusion, gossip, harassment and cyberstalking are just some of them.
It is important to interact and add people to your social media profiles that you know personally. Quality over quantity is the safest option.
We love this THINK Sign by Etsy. It’s a great reminder on how we should interact with others. Generally speaking we all use too many words. Remember, the more words you use, the more chance you may say the wrong thing. Be precise with your conversations and remember that some things are better off left unsaid. The above sign is available here
We found this excellent idea on Bullying Stories and it is possibly the most perfect way to explain to anyone what bullying does. This is a great visual for kids and adults alike. There is a book available from the website too called A Ladder In The Dark.
If you are experiencing bullying situations, it is a good idea to be prepared. The above list of one liners that we have included is from Bigs Elementary Counsellors and we thought it had some excellent tips.
It is important that you have something up your sleeve. This way you won’t be caught off guard. Remember, some people are more direct than others and may not be aware their words are hurtful.
By using effective words that communicate how you are feeling, you are able to show them how their words are affecting you. Keep your sentences short and too the point so there can be no misunderstanding.
We have included this video tutorial from Soul Pancake that shows you how others have been affected by Bullying and what they would say to their Bully. One is even on the Phone to someone from his childhood. This is very eye opening. Click Play above to view now ^ and after viewing we suggest you read our post that shows the effects of words in the amazing ‘Love Hate Rice Experiment’ – you can read the post here.