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How do I know if I am being bullied?

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    GirlSmarts on Aug 24, 2012 Reply

    Bullying is when one child picks on another child again and again. Usually children who are being bullied are either weaker or smaller, are shy, and generally feel helpless. Bullies target people who cry, get mad, or easily give in to them.

    There are 3 types of bullying:
    Physical: hitting, kicking, pushing, choking, punching
    Verbal: threatening, taunting, teasing, hate speech
    Social: excluding victims from activities or starting rumors about them

    Many people may not realize that bullying can happen anywhere and anytime in one’s life, however. It doesn’t have to happen in school; it can also be an issue for adults in the work place or on social networking sites. Bullying has even become institutionalized in some cultures such as fraternities and the armed forces, where it is commonly referred to as hazing.

    There are several tell tale signs to know if you’re being bullied. It is often accompanied by ridicule and insults, repetitively delivered by an individual or groups. Some of these bullies may stalk their victims, either by following them in person or via the internet. More extreme forms of bullying often involve some form of physical assault or intimidation, and may cause injury to the victim.

    If you think you are being bullied, talk to a trusted adult or health care provider. You can also get tips on how to avoid bullying by looking at http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Avoiding-Bullying.aspx.

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