Bullying is everyone’s problem
If you don't report it, you support it.
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The reality is that anybody can be bullied no matter how young or old they are; bullying can happen to anyone. There are many different kinds of bullying such as verbal, physical and cyber bullying. Cyber bullying is now becoming more common these days.
Social media websites such as Facebook, Twitter and Ask.FM are becoming known all around the world for all the wrong reasons. Bulling through social media sites is broadcasting the bullying. It is no longer private bullying when it is brought onto the internet. Once it is on the World Wide Web it will always be there no matter how many times you try to delete it.
Cyber bullying begins to get more people involved, and in more cases many people who join in on bullying are taking the side of the bully rather than the person being bullied. Cyber bullying creates a new form of peer pressure and often many more people become the bullies.
Everybody is unique and different in their own way and that is what bullies feed on. They will find something that makes you stand out from the rest of your peers and will use that as a reason to bully you. Bullies see themselves as strong as and better than others but in fact that is not true.
Often people bully for many reasons such as a way of coping with something going on in their life, but that is no excuse. The people who come through all of the bullying are the strong ones; they go through the pain and come out the other end. That is what it means to be strong.
Social media sites can be used for positive activities, like connecting kids with friends and family, helping students with school, and for entertainment. But these sites can also be used to hurt other people. Whether done in person or through technology, the effects of bullying are similar.
In my school we have a bullying motto, which is: “If you don’t report it, you support it!!” So if you are being bullied or know of anybody being bullied, it is important that you reach out and tell someone that you trust. Be it a teacher a friend or a parent tell some who can help. You do not have to go through bullying on your own, there are people who are there to help and want to put an end to bullying.