There is no doubt that bullying is a common occurrence for both children and adults alike. Whilst there is no legal definition of what bullying is, it is commonly defined as :
“Behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically, and is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.”
Bullying can take on many forms too:
In order for us to address the problem of bullying, we must first understand that somebody is actually being bullied. This can be hard to spot, as people who are bullied, will often keep it to themselves. But some common tell tale signs are:
Once you have an idea that someone is being bullied, there are a number of ways that you can help them.
If you are worried about a friend, pulling them aside and talking to them can be a great help. If they aren’t ready to talk, don’t push them. Reassure them and listen when they are ready.
If a person feels like they are being bullied, it can be a very long, lonely journey. Sometimes, when a person is going through a tough time, simply knowing that someone cares and is there for them can be very effective.
Depending on the situation, intervening as it happens can help, though be careful to not get yourself involved. If it is a recurring problem, talking to someone higher up can take the weight off your shoulders. If you’re at work, speak to HR and mention you have witnessed the situation. The victim may not want to talk, but it will bring it to their attention that someone is looking out for them.