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Bullying is when someone is rude or mean to another person. The people who bully other people are called bullies. Anybody can be bullied, even a group of people. There are many different kinds of bullying. Bullying does not always mean hitting people. It can also be things that people say.
Bullying includes when people see what happens, but they don't do anything about it. When people who see bullying know what to do and they do it, they can help make a bad situation better.
It's also bullying when other people hide it from those who can help (teachers, bosses), when other people see it but ignore it, or when a person helps the bully to do it without getting in trouble.
School teachers and staff have tried to learn ways to stop bullying. However, bullying can be easy to hide.
Some US states have laws against it.
A goal is part of what makes bullying what it is. There are many goals that bullies can have, including:
- intimidating (to scare) tactics
- steamroller (determined) tactics
- devaluing (to insult) tactics
- arm-twisting (threat or force) tactics
Bullying may be a mix of some of these tactics (ways of doing something). For example, Lance Armstrong said, "Yes, I was a bully. I was a bully in the sense that I tried to control the narrative and if I didn't like what someone said, I turned on them." In other words, when someone said something that Armstrong didn't like, he "ran [them] over" and bullied them.
Bullying also includes using power or position the wrong way. This can mean making comments or threats about losing a job. The person that is getting bullied then feels insecure (not sure) about themselves.
Culture of bullying
Bullying happens for a reason. Most of the time, the person is either not getting the attention they want or they are going through family problems and want to control someone else. Another reason that could explain it is that the person does not feel good about themselves, so they bully others to make themselves feel stronger. Therefore, when the person wants to get attention and make others believe they are the best, they may start saying mean things to other people or starting fights.
Many people do not know how to deal with bullying. In school, the first thing one should do is to tell an adult that they trust. Someone who is bullied may want to keep friends around. If a bully comes to you, try to stay calm and get away safely.
Some charities (groups made to help people) are made to fight bullying and to help the people who are bullied. There are also laws against bullying in the UK, such as Section 89 of the Education and Inspections Act 2006.
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- Tompson, Teri et al. "Victims of Lance Armstrong's strong-arm tactics feel relief and vindication in the wake of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report," New York Daily News, October 20, 2012; retrieved 2013-1-20.
- Bazelon, Emily. "Lance Armstrong Was a Bully—and That Hardly Covers It," Slate (US). January 18, 2013; retrieved 2013-1-20.
- Brumfield, Ben. "7 lessons Lance Armstrong's confession has taught us," CNN, January 19, 2013; excerpt, "It was about controlling the narrative ... 'If I didn't like what somebody said ... I tried to control that and said that's a lie; they're liars,' Armstrong said"; retrieved 2013-1-20.
- Macur, Juliet. "How Lance Armstrong's Wall Fell, One Rider at a Time," New York Times (US). October 20, 2012; excerpt, "Lance Armstrong ... using guile and arm-twisting tactics that put fear in those who might cross him ..."; retrieved 2013-1-20.
- Royal College of Psychiatrists, "On Bullying and Harassment" retrieved 2012-2-19.
- "What to do if you are being bullied | Anti-bullying Web site" (in en). http://antibullying.novascotia.ca/what-do-if-you-are-being-bullied.
- "Bullying: What To Do If I'm Bullied" (in en). Mental Health America. 2014-08-19. http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/bullying-what-do-if-im-bullied. Retrieved 2018-07-15.
- "Education and Inspections Act 2006" (in en). Expert Participation. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2006/40/section/89.
- Bully Free Zone (UK)
- Canadian anti-bullying Website
- Bullying. No Way! (Australian Education Authorities)
- Bullying in schools (UK - schools)
- Bullying in the Workplace
- Bullying Contrasted With Other Phenomena
- Nobullying.com is an online forum aimed at educating, advising, counselling and all importantly, helping to stop bullying, in particular, cyber bullying