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What's the difference between bullying and teasing?

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December 20th, 2017 1:46pm
Teasing and bullying differ both by intention and reception. If there is a negative intention behind an action directed towards another person/people, it may be considered bullying. If the intention is good, the action is safe and the receiver can look back on it as fun in some way, it can be considered teasing. Usually teasing happens between friends and/or possible mutual romantic interests.
December 29th, 2017 12:50am
Teasing is making fun of somebody when not trying to hurt their feelings and knowing that they won't be hurt by your comments. Bullying is trying to make someone feel worse or upset.
January 10th, 2018 10:22pm
when you are teasing the person that is getting teased knows that its all in good fun and no real harm is done. Bullying is when there is harm being done that the person that is being bulled is not having fun.
January 14th, 2018 8:20pm
If the person being teased is continuously asking for it to stop, and the person teasing is refusing to stop after being asked many times, it becomes bullying.
June 6th, 2015 2:41pm
Bullying is like when someone is hurting you physically ~ and teasing is when someone is just hurting you but mostly from the inside :)
November 3rd, 2015 1:54am
by teasing someone both parties know that it's just a joke, in the middle of the joke or at the end of it. and none feel bad about the tease
December 31st, 2015 2:23pm
Teasing has a purpose of making you laugh and have fun together with someone. Bullying is a repeated action towards someone that is obviously hurt by what is being done/said to him.
January 26th, 2016 7:07pm
Teasing is something you can simply laugh off. Bullying is something that will makes you anxious to go out, to simply live your life.
March 21st, 2016 6:11pm
Well, 8 think first you need to understand what is positive teasing. Positive teasing: When the teasing is happening between two people with a strong relationship When it is said in a "joking" tone rather than "aggressive" tone And when the person being teased doesn't look distressed. Although teasing can become bullying when the person being teased is hurt. When the teasing is repetitive When the person teasing the child means to hurt them. And when there is unequal power imbalance. As in the person teasing is more popular than the person being teased.
September 14th, 2016 8:29pm
If someone is teasing someone, it shouldn't be anything serious. Like when a friend messes up and their friend says "way to go, you mess up everything!" And then they both laugh. That's playful, fun, teasing. If someone is bullyed, the person being bullied won't laugh, and the stuff they're told is mean, and unnecessary. It hurts the person, and only the bully laughs. The thing is, even with teasing, it can hurt the people you tease. This is why I suggest that you don't tease or bully anyone... It's to hurtful.
September 18th, 2016 4:34am
Teasing is generally semi-kind and accepted on both sides of the conversation. Bullying is harmful to a person, whether it be physical, mental, and/or emotional. Bullying is not welcome or wanted on both sides of the conversation.
October 2nd, 2016 5:12am
Teasing would still be considered bullying if it's harmful, unless the person being teased is truly laughing along as well.
November 2nd, 2016 12:17pm
Bullying is a constant abuse, physically and mentally with malicious intent. Teasing is playful, poking fun of someone/at a situation with humorous intent while also not intending a negative or harmful impact to the person being teased.
November 2nd, 2016 2:26pm
Teasing is almost consensual; there's some level of fun in it for both people involved and its a two way street. Bullying goes beyond that, sometimes one person intends to inflict some form pain on the other but often they just haven't reflected on the effect their words are having.
November 15th, 2017 2:15pm
Bullying is when an individual or a group of individuals repeatedly tease or insult someone with the intention of hurting them. There can be physical, emotional, and even cyber bullying! In the case of bullying, it's always one person hurting the other person, instead of two people hurting each other. In the other hand, teasing can be a simple fight between two or more people. Sometimes it can be done as a joke, but it isn't meant to truly hurt someone. For example, you might tease your sister, but you shouldn't bully her. I hope this helped! If you need anything, feel free to message me and I can listen!
January 13th, 2018 2:40am
Teasing is trying to irritate someone for fun but bullying is having intimidation over a weak person.
January 18th, 2018 4:48pm
Bullying is an ongoing occurrence of unpleasant behaviour towards a person or people. Bullying has many forms, online, verbal, physical and mental. Teasing someone is doing/saying something in a joking manor that only happens once and isn't meant to be hurtful.
January 18th, 2018 4:58pm
In essence, there is no difference between the two. The only difference is the way that the person being teased/bullied is the way that they are interpreting the event.
January 19th, 2018 3:31am
Teasing and bullying can be used separately or together, depending on the situation. Generally, teasing is used between friends or people who get along well, and involves one person playfully making fun of the other. In this case, teasing and bullying are two different things. Bullying is intended to harm another person, teasing is not. At other times though, teasing is used maliciously to badly make fun of another person. In this case, teasing would be a form of bullying.
January 31st, 2018 3:32pm
I think that it depends on the intent behind the individual who is indulging in such act. Somebody who is bullying somebody has intentions to hurt them while somebody who is teasing somebody usually has good intent.
February 1st, 2018 6:26pm
That's a good question, because the bullies excuses themselves as teasers. The thing is, if you don't feel strong enough to judge one thing or another, seek help, talk with someone who could understand what you are suffering. Then, force in numbers. No one can solve everything alone and, sometimes, pointing out the bully is hard enough.
February 7th, 2018 1:08am
Teasing isn't meant to be truly mean, and if you get upset then the person should stop. It's meant to be a light joke over maybe something that happened that was really funny to you but you're also embarrassed about. But like I said, it isn't meant to hurt your feelings. That's what bullying is, however. When people bully, they are intentionally trying to upset you or be truly mean, and don't care how it makes you feel.
February 9th, 2018 3:21pm
Difference between bullying and teasing is a very thin line. Personally, until a person is enjoying and laughing I'd consider it as teasing, however, the moment the person starts feeling bad or irritated is when is called bullying.
February 14th, 2018 4:10pm
Bullying is an act meant to actually make the other person feel bad. Teasing is consensual, and the other person doesn't mind and doesn't feel offended.
February 17th, 2018 3:44am
Teasing can be for fun, since many friends tease each other and they're fine with it. Bullying is when you don't like it but the bully does so anyways, while no harm comes in teasing.
February 21st, 2018 9:18am
There is a fine line between the two, teasing is when the person knows your trying to be funny and they're having a good time. Bullying is when they cross the line and your not having fun anymore. when you tease, your intention is to make you laugh a bit. when you bully, your intention is to do the person harm.
February 21st, 2018 11:40pm
Huge difference, teasing is casual, innocent and non harmful, often asked for. Bullying is humiliating and violating someone.
February 25th, 2018 6:49am
I'd say bullying in itself is considerably more serious but teasing someone is not necessarily a good thing either. Bullying implies that ones actions affect the victim to a very negative degree could escalate. Whereas teasing can be playful, friendly and the sort. But it can still have it's own effects on someone so it's certainly good to be a little sensitive towards one another's emotions and really spread the love.
February 28th, 2018 2:02am
bullying is when only one side of the interactor feels happy, and the other feels uncomfortable. While teasing is when both sides are happy.
March 4th, 2018 5:12am
Teasing is like a joke type like April fool's day everyone isn't teasing to be mean but to have fun, bullying is like spreading rumors about another person, locating a targets address,physically imitated a persons posture, hurting them physically or verbally like if they don't do something they wanted they end putting you into more risks or cyberbullying sending mean comments through internet.