Bullying Meaning and How to Deal with?

What is Bullying Meaning ?

It is a distinctive pattern of harming and humiliating others, specifically those who are in some way smaller, weaker, younger or in any way more vulnerable than the bully. Bullying meaning also is a deliberate attempt to cause harm to others of lesser power. Bullies are made, not born. In most cases, the child learned this behavior and develop it through years and especially the early years.

Also, Bullies lack prosocial behavior, don’t care for anxiety, and struggle to empathize. They misread the intentions of others, often imputing hostility in neutral situations. Moreover, they typically see themselves quite positively.

Without “preys” bullies wouldn’t exist as they tend to choose and target a marginal group of people. Often they choose people without social protection. Unfortunately, the victim of a bully is usually unable to protect herself/ himself as he/she comes across as lacking experience and confidence to face similar behaviors. Increasingly, children are growing up without the kinds of play experiences in which they develop social skills and learn how to solve social problems.

The Multifaceted Nature of Bullying

Bullying is multifaceted aggression and isn’t new to society. One can be bullied in different ways; verbal abuse starting from name-calling, teasing or ridicule, making fun of one’s appearance to physical harm and cyberbullying which occurs widely nowadays. Although one’s own child facing bullying is every parent’s nightmare, in the majority of cases, parents aren’t even aware of the “rough patch” that their children are going through in school.

Some effects can take the form of the following red flags:
  • The childbearing unexplainable wounds or injuries,
  • Simulating sickness and showing opposition to go to school.
  • Personal belongings suddenly disappear.
  • A change in sleep patterns and frequent nightmares,
  • A sudden decline in grades and not wanting to go to school.

Most schools in Qatar and worldwide exercise anti-bullying policies. Also, many schools in Qatar have taken various precautions against bullying; raising awareness, student councils conducting student surveys, issuing self-help cards with suggestions on how to react to bullying, etc.

Hence, helping children to face bullying starts with helping them understand the coping strategies needed when this problem occurs. So let us all inculcate positive values in children and educate them, aiming to prevent the damaging nature of bullying.

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