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Witnessing and Responding to Physical Bullying: What You Need to Know

Witnessing and Responding to Physical Bullying: What You Need to Know

Physical bullying is one of the most recognisable forms of bullying, but it can also be challenging to provide support to a youth whom you see being bullied. In this article, we'll discuss how to recognise and respond to physical bullying, and provide support for victims.

Recognising Physical Bullying:

1. Physical Aggression: Physical bullying involves aggressive behaviour, such as hitting, kicking, or pushing.

2. Intimidation: Physical bullies may use their size and strength to intimidate and control their victims.

3. Property Damage: Physical bullying may also involve damaging or stealing a victim’s personal property.

Responding to Physical Bullying:

1. Ensure Safety: If you witness physical bullying of a youth, make sure the victim is safe and help them to get any necessary medical attention.

2. Report the Bullying: Report the incident to a trusted adult, school staff, or law enforcement. Provide details about the incident, including dates, times, and any witnesses. Pictures can also provide proof and confirm the identities of the bully.

3. Provide Support: Victims of physical bullying may need emotional and psychological support. Be a friend! Let the person being bullied know that you're there for them. You can say something like, "I'm sorry that happened. Do you want to talk about it?" Or, you can invite them to hang out with you or include them in your activities. This will help them feel less alone and more supported. You can also remind them they can speak to the school guidance counsellor or therapist. Don't forget to remind the victim that they can also speak with BullyingCanada, which can provide support to end the bullying and help the victim heal.

4. Address the Behaviour: Bullying can often be stopped if a witness steps in. Let the bully know that what they're doing is not acceptable. You can say something like, "Stop being mean!" or "That's not cool, leave them alone." Speaking up takes a lot of courage, but it's important to stop the bully.

Physical bullying can be challenging to address, but it's important to take action to ensure the safety and well-being of victims. By recognising physical bullying, reporting the behaviour, providing support, and addressing the behaviour with the bully, we can work together to prevent and address physical bullying and create a safe and inclusive environment for all.

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