Bullies and their effect on us

Bullies are becoming more and more common in our schools, universities, workplaces and even within our social groups. Bullying always involves a person or group of people controlling a person in an ungodly way. Their goal is to put you down or get you to do something out of your free will.


Types of bullying

·         Social media: With the increase in social media use, there are also more opportunities for what has now become known as ‘cyber-bullying”.

·         Words: We all know the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never harm me!” But actually, what others say about us does matter and can be very hurtful.

·         Physical: Any form of physical abuse can be used to bully – pushing, shoving, hitting, slapping and even preventing you from doing something.


What do you do if you are bullied?

It always is good to speak up about the fact that you are being bullied.

Find someone you can trust to speak to and who will listen to you.

Tell somebody about it – maybe your teacher or a grown-up. It is always better that someone knows about it, so they can help you.

You are not being a sissy or cry-baby by telling someone. It is the first step, but just that little step can help a lot.


Being bullied can be very hurtful and if you just keep it to yourself, you may start feeling bad about yourself and maybe getting depressed. Your schoolwork or work may suffer as you continually worry about it. The actual effect of bullying can vary from person to person and it is not helpful commenting like “Just get over it, you are bigger than that!”