Bullying

PBS Kids addresses the issue of bullying:

Bully. What does the word make you think of? For some people, it’s that girl at school who always makes fun of them. For others, it’s the biggest guy in the neighborhood who’s always trying to beat them up or take their things. Sometimes “bully” means a whole group of kids, ganging up on someone else. No matter what situation or form it comes in, bullying can make you feel depressed, hurt, and alone. It can keep you from enjoying the activities and places that are part of your life.…

Physical bullying means:

  • Hitting, kicking, or pushing someone…or even just threatening to do it
  • Stealing, hiding or ruining someone’s things
  • Making someone do things he or she don’t want to do

Verbal bullying means:

  • Name-calling
  • Teasing
  • Insulting

Relationship bullying means:

  • Refusing to talk to someone
  • Spreading lies or rumors about someone
  • Making someone do things he or she doesn’t want to do

What do all these things have in common? They’re examples of ways one person can make another person feel hurt, afraid, or uncomfortable. When these are done to someone more than once, and usually over and over again for a long period of time, that’s bullying.

The reason why one kid would want to bully another kid is this: when you make someone feel bad, you gain power over him or her. Power makes people feel like they’re better than another person, and then that makes them feel really good about themselves. Power also makes you stand out from the crowd. It’s a way to get attention from other kids, and even from adults.1


Related link

“Bullies: What is Bullying?” PBS Kids, at http://pbskids.org/itsmylife/friends/bullies/ (retrieved: 5 May 2013).

See also

Sebastian Anthony, “Robot rat bullies real rats into depression… for science!” ExtremeTech.com, 18 February 2013, at http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/148363-robot-rat-bullies-real-rats-into-depression-for-science (retrieved: 5 May 2013).

Related videos

“Emily Bazelon on Facebook Bullying,” video at TheAtlantic.com, http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/03/how-to-stop-bullies/309217/ (retrieved: 5 May 2013). (Show video)

“Violence — a family tradition | Robbyn Peters Bennett | TEDxBellingham,” TEDx Talks video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLMJHdySgE8 (retrieved: 16 April 2016). (Show video)

“Violence — a family tradition | Robbyn Peters Bennett | TEDxBellingham,” TEDx Talks video at YouTube.com, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLMJHdySgE8 (retrieved: 16 April 2016). (Show video)

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