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What's the difference between bullying and teasing?

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August 10th, 2017 3:07pm
It's a very fine line. Bullying is deliberately putting someone down, usually continuously. Teasing is just having fun and usually funny but needs to be kept to a minimum. The less you do it the less likely chance you have of hurting someone's feelings.
August 11th, 2017 6:34pm
Teasing is done by people who are close to you and know you like friends and family and involves light hearted jokes with no intention to hurt anyone. Bullying is done by individuals who wish to spread fear and involves making rude and insensitive comments intended to hurt someone.
August 11th, 2017 11:35pm
Teasing is usually well received by the person being teased. Bullying is not well received because it can be super hurtful and harmful to someone.
August 16th, 2017 5:23am
Teasing might come from people you get along with. You might have a feeling of inclusion or see humor in teasing. Or even be able to look passed it because you realize it's not meant to be hurtful. Bullying is a persistent and unwelcome form of teasing and the giver definitely does not care how the receiver feels about it. Remember that bullying is never okay! If you feel you are being bullied let someone know! And If at all possible, just try to avoid bullies! They feed off of upsetting people. don't let their hate get to you! Show them that you are bigger and better than that and you will take away their power. If bullying is taken to a level that you cannot handle on your own, definitely do not be afraid to ask for help! No one should be made to feel worthless and alone..
November 8th, 2017 4:59am
Teasing is playful, lighthearted and with good intentions. Bullying is based on bad intentions, and you'll often be able to see how uncomfortable the person in question is when that line is crossed.
March 1st, 2018 9:51pm
From personal experience, these are my thoughts: Bullying: Pervasive, recurring, on purpose, done with intention to harm someone, and a target. Those are really the basics. Teasing: Among a group of friends. Have you heard of "Roasting", or "Flaming"? If not, those are basically quick comebacks, and usually not intentional for harm. There's a big difference between teasing and bullying, so those are the most basic things you can look out for. Even if you're scared, and feel very uncomfortable, it is best to seek help from an adult or someone you trust. And you can always, always message in to 7 Cups Of Tea. We're here for you.
March 9th, 2018 6:13am
If it makes you feel bad or you don’t like it it’s bullying. If it doesn’t make you feel bad then it’s teasing.
March 20th, 2018 6:18am
Teasing is something usually those close to you do, and it's more in in the form of a joke in order to fluster you or get a certain reaction from you while bullying is something people do to hurt you either physically or verbally for their own pleasure or whatever other reason they have
March 28th, 2018 4:04am
Whether or not it's fun for both parties involved. If one person feels bad it's not teasing anymore.
March 30th, 2018 1:58am
Bullying is mostly repeated, so if someone is being treated unfairly or horribly from someone, it would be considered bullying. But if someone is teasing, then they wouldn't do it often or do it to make you laugh.
March 30th, 2018 1:32pm
Bullying is when the interaction is unwarranted and hurts the recipient , whereas teasing is something even the recipient finds funny :)
March 30th, 2018 5:49pm
Teasing is when you and your friend are messing around and both of the parties understand this. Bullying is when someone keeps teasing you over and over again and you tell them that it's not funny and to stop and they say they won't and to just loosen up.
April 4th, 2018 12:20pm
Tasing is one-off, whereas bullying is more repetitive. Tasing is usually verbal and bullying can occur in many different forms.
April 18th, 2018 2:12pm
Bullying and teasing, there is an extremely thin line between the two, and how would you know which is which? Well, bullying consists of constant negative feelings from the actions the other person performs, and makes the victim feel isolated, alone, scared, all the negative feelings. Teasing, however, is more lighthearted, and it is made obvious that it wasn’t meant to be offensive. You can tell by the person’s tone and body language whether or not they meant to offend you, and if they truly meant to make you feel sad or angry, they would not say ‘just kidding’ or any other apologies if you get offended. There’s nothing wrong with getting offended at a tease, but turning a blind eye to bullying because you fear being teased for getting offended easily is not a joke, so if anyone seems to be bullying you, show them you don’t like their words clearly, and if they continue despite your warnings, it’s better to tell someone about it.
April 19th, 2018 5:47pm
Teasing is when someone can reciprocate the fun, Bullying is when one feels trapped and is unable to stop it.
April 21st, 2018 1:43am
Bullying comes from a malicious place from someone that wants to put you down and make you feel bad. Teasing usually comes from someone that wishes to joke around with you and isn't trying to make you feel bad, although if the 'teasing' in question is something that is a sensitive subject with you it can easily become bullying.
April 25th, 2018 5:22am
bullying is when they won't stop even though you tell them to, teasing they will stop if you say so
April 25th, 2018 4:08pm
Bullying is a lot worse. It can get physical, people can spit on you or swear at you. Bullies make your life harder to make themselves 'more popular'.
April 26th, 2018 1:33pm
Bullying is when you're made to feel worthless by the other party, where as teasing is just something friends do. Bullies do it in a hostile manner, where as your friends and family may be doing it in a friendly manner.
April 27th, 2018 8:22am
In my opinion, teasing is when friends make fun of each other, and they are both okay with it. Bullying is when the victim doesn't want such attention.
April 27th, 2018 6:42pm
Teasing can be with laughing, and with the person who is being teased laughing too, and eventually, the person who teases would stop, but bullying is pushing, laughing, and only the bully would laugh not the victim, and the bullying wouldn't stop for a while.
April 27th, 2018 10:29pm
Bullying can be physical ,cyber,mentally,and in person bullying is also nearly everyday ,teasing is where someone would say something to you as a joke or they would say something about you for example it could be your height
May 2nd, 2018 5:37am
The difference between bullying and teasing is that bullying is supposed to make you feel bad about yourself and put you down. Teasing, on the other hand, is meant to be light hearted and playful. If the one being teased doesn't like it, the person teasing will stop.
May 2nd, 2018 10:17pm
Teasing is a playful fun action. Whereas bullying is making the target feel uncomfortable and upset.
May 4th, 2018 9:10pm
Teasing is normally something that people who are close may do in a humorous manner. Bullying is a persistent negative behavior being projected on to you. It is something that comes from a place of nastiness.
May 4th, 2018 9:40pm
Bullying is when a person is causing harm to you repeatedly. Teasing is when someone is joking around with you or it could be pointing out bad things about you but teasing isn't as serious as bullying.
May 13th, 2018 4:03am
Bullying will lead to physical bullying and will pull down the victim confidence level as teasing is just children teasing
May 16th, 2018 4:36pm
Teasing is done as a jest. It isn't meant to be harmful or anything like that. Bullying is harmful. It may not always appear harmful to the person who is doing it but the person who is receiving the comment might find it harmful. If you say that you found that comment mean or harmful and they ignore you and/or continue, this might be bullying
May 17th, 2018 6:58am
If the person you are 'teasing' takes it seriously and feels really hurt by your words then it would count as bullying. every person can take insults or jokes only lightly up to a limit. You'll know by there expression or reaction if you're crossing the line.
May 24th, 2018 2:55am
There is a fine line between what the difference between bullying and teasing is. Teasing is usually done out of the harmless sense to poke fun but that’s when it turns into bullying due to how it affected that one person. I believe teasing can turn into bullying without us being consciously aware of it all the time. The fine line is so blurred and we just have to be so careful to what we say to one another.