Bullying. Several thoughts come to mind when people hear this word. Some may view bullying as a “normal part of growing up” or “just teasing.” Some view it as a school problem — something that children face only in the school building, on the school bus or on the playground. Others may view bullying as an experience that starts and ends in elementary school. The truth is that these views are only a few of the myths about bullying.
Because bullying has been around for as long as can be remembered, that doesn’t mean it should be a normal part of growing up. What is normal about being tormented? Are those who are not bullied missing out on an important childhood experience? Obviously not.
We must be aware that bullying is more than “just teasing.” Teasing is defined as being playful or joking, certainly without the intent to harm or hurt. Teasing also allows all parties to laugh, as it is lighthearted. With bullying, the intent is to harm and involves a victim or target. There is an imbalance of power in bullying.
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