Unfortunately, being bullied is a relatively common experience. ‘Bullying’ means repeated actions with the intention of causing distress.
In a recent survey of over 19,000 young people in Ireland, 39% of adolescents reported that they had been bullied at some point. However, despite it being something that many of us go through, people often try to hide the fact that they’re being bullied. This can make it even more isolating and distressing. Bullying is never acceptable.
What bullying is
Bullying can be obvious, like physical violence, verbal abuse, or humiliation. But there are also less visible versions of it, such as emotional bullying or exclusion.
Bullying could be any combination of these:
- Verbal put downs
- Embarrassing you
- Excluding you
- Damaging or stealing belongings
- Racial abuse.