Cyber Bulling, physical violence, racism, or even a simple “joke” that makes you feel bad about yourself is considered bullying. And that’s not even half of it! Things at school, after school, and online are all places where bullies can be. This is something that no kid, teen, or adult wants to go through. And it’s no joke.
Some people might think it’s weak if you cry over something they consider a joke. But the truth is that’s not the case at all. Most times, it’s because a mean-spirited “joke” can hurt people so much. Maybe it has to do with their past, or something current. You can’t judge someone or call them a name when you haven’t been in their shoes. Maybe they have a disability, or a current issue that’s been on their mind all day, and you think that when they get fired up it’s the most hilarious thing. It’s only a joke if everyone is laughing.
When I was younger, I was bullied. I was teased and made fun of for things that I knew were true – but nobody believed me! I wasn’t classified as “cool”. I was never taken seriously and was known to be the nerdy girl at the back of class. At least that’s how it felt. Everyone thought it was a joke. But it’s not, and it’s a terrible thing to watch. I remember feeling so sad, always beating myself up because I started to believe them. I began to believe that all the lies and false accusations were true about me, my beliefs, and who I was.
Later I confronted my bully and I’m so glad I did. Because being able to stand up for yourself and others makes you a hero. It helps, trust me. So do us all a favor and help someone who you see getting bullied: stand up for them!
Because most likely everyone else is thinking the same thing you are; that it’s not right. So speak up. Stand up for the victim. Tell an adult. Because if you don’t it’s just going to get worse and I don’t want to live in a world where myself and my future kids go through all this bullying.
If you are dealing with a bully speak to someone. Whether it be a teacher, parent or family member. If you’re still not entirely comfortable with that you can speak with the counsellors at Kids Help Phone 24/7. It’s a free call. Just dial 1-800-668-6868 or you can with them online at kidshelpphone.ca because we all need a friend no matter how alone you feel.