There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to bullying. Don’t sit there and wonder what’s true or false, get your facts straight on these 11 bullying myths.
1. Bullying only occurs at school.
School isn’t a bully-only zone. Bullying can happen anywhere people interact, such as at work, home or online.
2. It is only considered bullying if it’s physical.
Bullying can be verbal by teasing, name-calling or using threatening language. There are also indirect and cyber bullying.
3. Teachers are always responsible to end a bullying incident.
Teachers should, but it is up to anyone who witnesses the bullying to put an end to it.
4. There are no laws that prevent bullying or address it when it happens.
47 states have passed anti-bullying laws that require schools to report it when it happens.
5. Bullying is harmless.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among young people, about 4,400 deaths per year. So no, bullying is not harmless.
6. Cyber bullying is harmless.
Any form of abuse, whether physical or emotional, causes harm. 97% of middle school students are bullied online.
7. Bullies only bully those who are outcasts.
People can be bullied based on race, appearance, size, disability and more.
8. Fighting back the bully physically will put end to the bullying.
Actually, this is the last thing anyone should do. You can stand up to the bully and tell him or her to stop, but don’t get physical. If the bullying continues, talk to a teacher, parent or guidance counselor.
9. If the school isn’t doing anything about it, it means it’s not that bad.
If your school isn’t doing anything about it, it means something is wrong. The anti-bullying laws and policies across the nation require facilities to report or take action when bullying occurs. If you don’t find this to be the case, check your school’s anti-bullying policy.
10. Reporting bullying will make everything worse.
Maybe it will make things worse for the bully, but not for you. If you are being bullied, report it to a principle, teacher or trusted adult. You can help yourself and someone else who is a victim.
11. Bullies have low self-esteem and have no friends.
Many of the most aggressive kids are confident and popular. Some bullies believe that bullying will create attention, more friends and power.
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Sources: Time, Great Schools, Stomp Out Bullying, Forbes, Prevnet, Education