Primary Author: Noko Katlego Makhwiting
Secondary Author: Karabo Mufiri
Secondary Author: Phillimon Sefake
Nothing hurts a parent more than seeing their children coming back from school with their heads down and eyes full of tears, when you ask what happened you find out that they have been teased at school, someone made fun of them, mocked them, said hurtful things to them, took their belongings without their permission, all these are few types of bullying. It really saddens me seeing a young boy/girl thinking they own the whole school, thinking they’re bigger than all the other learners, what hurts the most is that those who are being bullied are often scared to report the bullies.
A silent killer of a human being’s self-esteem because it oppress the weak until they crawl into their depth of anxiety. It is an uncalled for behavior that interrupts the psychological well-being as it traumatize and could even lead to suicidal thought. In most cases where bullying is experienced 20% of the people facing it are likely to survive the pressure but 80% of them lose the potential of believing in survival as bullying inflicts too much pain in their lives. Bullying can be experienced in many ways not only through peers but as well as adults whom abuse their power over young ones, it can either be an emotional bullying or physical bullying. Even at the workplace bullying is a major issue that is being faced due to high authority over members of the company or even amongst themselves as employees.
Bullying has reached a state of high risk alert around the global at large because it conflicts interest of humanity towards one another and develops hatred that lead to personal vendetta and plots on how to actually end the misery being encountered. Victims of bullying at most time fear to actually talk about their experiences as they believe that talking will only add more damage than good but unknowingly that raising your voice is the only way that will gain you power over the oppressor. In some cases the perpetrators are also products of bullying and the only resolution they know is violence and causing pain to others reason being that’s the only language they understand and are adapted to due issues they face behind closed doors.
Bullying has reached a critical stage which requires the comfort of humanity and not judgement of other’s actions but rather reaching out and trying to understand the reason of such state of behavior. Social workers and therapists are not only found at their workplaces but our surroundings are also filled with great support, motivation, care and love that would help go through it and find better solutions to solve the problem that torture you even in sleep.
Bullying can come in many ways, posting bad things about someone on social media, posting pictures and the internet and making fun of them, catfishing someone on internet, all these are also types of bullying and they’re called cyber-bullying. It’s really shocking what a bullied person can do or be affected, some fall into depression, some end up taking their lives, some end up cooping themselves in their rooms for ages and refuse to go outside. Let’s make this world a better place, by loving one another and treating one another with dignity and respect.
When you force someone to do something he/she does not want that’s bullying, or the behavior of a person who hurts or frightens someone smaller or less powerful. Ignoring it often does nothing to stop the bullying, and it worsen over time. It is important to address bullying at early stages, as it can be easier to control the earlier it is detected.
Types of bullying
* Individual bullying are perpetrated by a single person against a target or targets
* Physical bullying is any bullying that hurts someone’s body or damages their possessions, stealing, shoving, hitting, and intentionally destroying someone’s property.
* Verbal bullying is one of the most common types of bullying.
– derogatory name-calling and nicknaming
– spreading rumors or lying about someone
– threatening someone
– yelling at or talking to someone in a rude or unkind tone of voice, especially without justifiable
– mocking someone’s voice or style of speaking
* Rational bullying is the type of bullying that uses relationships to hurt others. Relational bullying is a form of bullying common among youth, but particularly upon girls.
* Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threatens, embarrass, or target another person.
This includes bullying by use of email, instant messaging, social media websites ( such as facebook) text messages and cell phones. It is stated that cyberbullying is more common in secondary school than in primary school
Thank you so much for taking your time to read this valuable article, nothing hurts a parent more than seeing their children coming back from school with their heads down and eyes full of tears. Bullying has reached a state of high risk alert around the global at large. Ignoring it often does nothing to stop bullying.