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What's the difference between bullying and teasing?

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October 6th, 2016 10:07pm
Teasing can hurt some-one, push them to their limits, but bullying can throw them past their limits. Personally i think teasing is a form of bullying. The only difference between the two is the severity.
October 30th, 2016 4:52am
When someone is bullying someone else, it is usually intentional or coming from an angry or mean place.
October 30th, 2016 8:57am
I think there is a thin line in my opinion as people's perceptions are different and hence what one person may feel is bullying another may feel is simply teasing. Having taken that into account, bullying could be seen as someone using their influence or strength to sometimes intimidate someone into getting what they want. Whether that be emotional "gratification" or to gain something materially, i.e food or money. Teasing may simply a joke at the other persons expense in a more playful or lighthearted way. Although it is important to recognise that body language,facial expression the tone in which it is said is important and there is a thin line where teasing may be interpreted as bullying.
April 29th, 2017 1:33am
Bullying is a hurtful, potentially threatening behavior wherein only one party has control (that being the bully) of where the situation goes. Teasing should be lighthearted fun where both parties feel safe and unthreatened. Bullying is never positive and while teasing can sometimes feel unbalanced or like an ambush, it's not an attack, the way that bullying is.
July 6th, 2017 9:38pm
Generally, teasing is all for fun. Usualy done by close friends who know that it wont be really hurting your feelings. Bullying is when someone wants someone else to feel down and/or bad about themselves.
April 26th, 2018 6:57am
Teasing is saying something playfully, that is something which is not harsh. Whereas, bullying is sayings things which are directly meant to hurt someone, degrade them or make them feel inferior.
May 31st, 2015 11:30pm
Teasing is related to humor, which usually contains on its caracteristics : incongruity, an unexpected future or a pleasant surprise. Bullying is related to repetitive and humorless quotes or attacks to a person. A lot of the times, the bully is trying to impress others with his alleged humor, but doesn't have the required ability to.
June 17th, 2015 7:12pm
Teasing is harmless, playful comments which don't have much effect. Whilst bullying is where it all gets out of hand and can lead to worse things like physical abuse.
July 21st, 2015 4:43pm
Bullying and teasing are very different, and differ because of the intention. Teasing is meant for humor, and usually doesn't have harmful intentions. Bullying, on the other hand, is hostile and is meant to hurt the other person. Usually, when bullying occurs, there happens to be an imbalance of power. The person being teased is perceived as "weaker". Teasing may be funny, but it really isn't when it becomes bullying.
November 23rd, 2015 2:28pm
Bullying is when it is no longer 'just a joke' generally resorting to violence or ganging up on an individual. Bullying can come in a range of different forms and is all has the purpose of making the individual feel useless, teasing on the other hand can be done in a joking manner and won't last long in a general sense.
December 7th, 2015 8:26pm
Despite common belief, there is a difference between bullying and teasing. Teasing is simply making fun of another, and bullying is a power imbalence WITH a much more severe form of teasing.
December 15th, 2015 3:50pm
Teasing is something that is much less serious then bullying. Teasing is something that many people do to each other, just to kid around. Bulling, however, is much more serious and usually targets one, or several people.
December 28th, 2015 5:27pm
Bullying means hurting people when they have done absolutely nothing physically or verbally. Teasing means making people jealous of you about everything
August 29th, 2016 9:18pm
Bullying- 1.use superior strength or influence to intimidate (someone), typically to force him or her to do what one wants Teasing-.make fun of or attempt to provoke (a person or animal) in a playful way
September 14th, 2016 9:11am
Bullying is associated with an act filled with malignant intent aiming to physically or emotionally wound an individual. Teasing is more positive wherein post the act, the person comforts whoever he/she was teasing offering compassion.
September 24th, 2016 6:00pm
you tease someone you are friends with but bullying is acting in a way that will make others feel uncomfortable.
October 30th, 2016 9:40am
Bullying is something that leaves a scar and it will stay with you for the rest of your life. You can't do anything about it your bully won't listen to you most of the times. If you need help fighting a bully rely on your friends and family always. If that's not working you can seek out professional help. Teasing is more playful and usually if you tell your teaser to stop because it hurts you they won't laugh at you but they will stop and understand your feelings.
October 30th, 2016 11:07am
Teasing is an affectionate action, used to poke fun at something in a way that doesn't hurt the person being teased. Teasing becomes bullying when the person feels victimised or hurt by the comment.
November 16th, 2016 7:31pm
Teasing is lighthearted and normally meant in a good manner. Bullying is a term for making someone feel bad about themselves, and can include physical, mental, and emotional harm.
December 29th, 2016 8:31pm
Teasing is more innocent. Like something you'd laugh of yourself. Some jokes here and there. Bullying however, hurts you. Bullying is intentional and more serious. If you say 'I'm hurt' and they say 'oh no! I'm sorry' I think tehy were teasing.
June 28th, 2017 12:06am
teasing usually is when someone isnt TRYING to make you feel bad, its just a joke. bullying is TRYING to hurt you.
November 9th, 2017 9:59pm
Bullying is being mean and hurt someone's feelings teasing is bothering or just a special way to joke...
November 16th, 2017 1:42am
Bullying is meant to hurt. Verbal bullying is different from teasing. ... But when it's done repeatedly with the intent of being hurtful or threatening, it becomes bullying. Verbal bullying includes calling a victim names, taunting and sexual harassment. Teasing is just having fun and laughing with each other not at each other.
November 16th, 2017 4:23am
Teasing is like joking but you are doing so playfully. While, bullying is having knowledge if it.
November 18th, 2017 1:59pm
Teasing is having a joke and both participants knowing so, bullying is mental abuse, the other person upsetting you by being mean about you or something close to you, physical bullying is simply harassment and against the law
November 25th, 2017 5:45am
Bullying is a everyday thing that causes distress, teasing is a once in a while that might make you a little uncomfortable.
November 30th, 2017 2:36pm
Teasing is a social exchange that can be friendly, neutral or negative. Done in the right spirit, it can actually be positive. When kids tease each other about clothes, musical tastes or behavior, it helps them learn to deal with constructive criticism. It’s part of how they relate.Verbal bullying is different from teasing. It’s not done as a way to relate, or to make friends. Just the opposite. The goal is to embarrass the victim and make the bully look better. It may start out as negative teasing. But when it’s done repeatedly with the intent of being hurtful or threatening, it becomes bullying.
December 7th, 2017 3:12am
Bullying is constant and it hurts others. Teasing happens more to friends and they know you don't mean what you say or do. Bullying is when someone is hurt by your actions and words even if you don't know they are hurt because of you.
December 17th, 2017 3:52pm
Teasing is when you make jokes without the person feeling hurt or insulted, but bullying is when your words affect them. Bullying can also be where you humiliate them
December 19th, 2017 8:51pm
bullying hapens often, like every day and it makes you feel bad. And teasing can be maked by friends and most times it doesnt make you feel bad and if it does it wont stay long