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How do I know whether something counts as bullying or not?

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Last Updated: 11/08/2021 at 6:37pm
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November 16th, 2015 6:57am
As soon as a person is being physically, emotionally, or any kind of hurt... when a person is experiencing pain...
February 25th, 2015 9:17am
When it has to do with putting someone down,or hurting a person based on the fact that you are doing this out of your own insicurity
February 25th, 2015 8:28pm
if you hurt someones feeling, its bullying. doesnt matter how small it is, the slightest thing could hurt someones feelings, you should always be respectful. and if you dont mean to hurt someone, apologize.
April 7th, 2015 9:16pm
If you feel hurt and it happens often i would call that bullying and talk to the guidance office about it that person may have issue that need to fix that does not involve you. When i was in six grade a girl threat to kill me because of something and i just told the guidance office to talk to her i didn't want her to get in trouble for her actions. She was my friend and i knew she was dealing with hard times.
April 18th, 2015 5:10am
If you feel like it's hurting you or making you feel uncomfortable or feeling harassed then it is counts as bullying.
May 17th, 2015 2:11am
Something counts as bullying, if it is a behavior that is negatively impacting you, and undesirable.
June 6th, 2015 4:30am
It possibly has to including the harm of one another, should possibly happen frequently, and used in a manner to degrade others.
June 22nd, 2015 9:07pm
From my experince, bullying comes in many different forms. Physical, mentally,socially there are many ways that people do it.
August 11th, 2015 8:40am
If they are intentionally hurting someone else, its bullying. no if's and's or but's about it. It's bullying.
August 18th, 2015 2:45pm
If you ever notice that you are upset or feeling down due to somebody else's actions towards you in a nasty form then you can decide whether you are getting bullied or not.
April 5th, 2016 1:12pm
If the person is determined to hurt you and they say hurtful comments which upsets you is bullying .
April 26th, 2016 9:56am
Common symptoms of bullying are harsh words, insults and sometimes, physical harm. There is also a change of attitude.
June 7th, 2016 7:00am
If they are repeatedly and intentionally using words or actions to cause distress or risk to your well-being, then they are bullying.
October 11th, 2016 9:40am
Bullying is the repetitive verbal/physical aggression someone deals to you. There is also a power difference.
October 11th, 2016 7:07pm
If someone is doing something deliberately to hurt you whether that be physically or emotionally then it is bullying. Even if they say it's all fun and games it could be discrete bullying.
October 17th, 2016 1:39am
Bullying really depends on what REALLLY offends you or not. If it offends you and the person keeps doing it, it's definitely bullying. If it offends you and the person stops, it might have just been a boundary cross by mistake. If someone is constantly offending you or crossing your boundaries, it's considered bullying
April 11th, 2017 2:53pm
I think that you know the answer. If you are feeling mistreated by your peers, by your teacher, employer constantly and it keeps causing you constant distress, then it's bullying. Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort.
March 6th, 2018 10:43pm
If whatever the person is doing is making you feel anxious, scared, sad... I would generally count it as bullying.
April 30th, 2018 7:57am
Bullying is some thing that makes you feel threatened or uncomfortable. It can be spoken or by behaviour. It is a way of being that makes a person feel uncomfortable and powerless. It will impact in the way of taking their sparkle and confidence away from them.
June 3rd, 2019 7:25pm
Bullying is an act of aggression towards a person through verbal or physical, even cyber. It is when a person seeks to harm or intimidate another person to assert dominance. If someone bullies a person, it may count if the other person is being abused through verbal, physical, or even cyber. Not to be confused with teasing, some teasing can be easily stopped if the victim asked for them to be stopped, however, bullying may not stop and may become more serious as time passes by. Another to count bullying is through the means of invading someone's privacy without their consent, this can be used to blackmail them so they can manipulate the person's life or even spill out the personal information and be a victim of shame.
November 8th, 2021 6:37pm
I think something counts as bullying if the person is saying harmful things intentionally. The person can be saying things to purposely put down the other person and making them feel bad about themselves. The person doing the bullying is also aware of the person's triggers or off limit topics and are still progressing with the harmful comments. Overall, there is an intent to cause someone else to feel bad and down about themselves or about a situation. If a person feels they are being bullied, their feelings should be considered valid and the situation should be considered bullying.