By Laura Rankin

    Bullying is an ongoing problem – at least one in four children has been bullied in their life and are still being bullied to this day.

    Some children will mostly be bullied at the age of 6 and up, until the day they finish primary school, and other children will continue to be bullied throughout high school and beyond.

    I was bullied when I was in primary school and it was not a nice feeling as a child. You feel like no one wants to be your friend and that you don’t want to tell anyone about it – if you do you will be bullied more than before.

    When I started high school I was bullied again, I think it was year 7 or year 8. I went to the school counsellor, we talked about how I was feeling and what’s been going on, and I had to go and face the bullies. Being in high school, all I wanted was to do well in school and do my best, but feeling like you don’t belong, your self-esteem goes from high to low.

    Now I am an adult I walk away and keep my head up and keep busy with my 2 beautiful children and say no to bullies.

    The long-term effects of school bullying are numerous. As we grow up, at some point in our lives we are all bullied by someone who we thought were our friends. Some of the emotional effects of being bullied are; sensitivity, anxiety and depression.

    There are different types of bullying:

    • School bullying occurs in an educational setting. The bullying can be physical, sexual, verbal or emotional in nature.
    • Physical bulling is any contact between the bully and the poor victim; two examples are pushing and punching.
    • Emotional bullying can cause a lot of damage to the victim’s well-being.
    • Cyber bullying is suffered by children, teens or adults. They can be tormented, harassed, humiliated; they can also be embarrassed throughout the internet, and via mobile phones. Some people only bully other children or adults because they were also bullied at one time in their life.

    In conclusion, bullying has to stop and when it does this world will be a better place for you and your children.

    If you are getting bullied by a person you know please tell your parents or someone close to you because we are here for you and bullying is not acceptable and should not be tolerated by anyone.

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