Bullying is confusing and sometimes hard to recognize.
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How to tell if you’re being bullied
Bullying can happen to anyone—and it’s not always so simple to recognize. Read each of the following questions and check in your head the boxes that you think might apply to you.
- Do other students make mean comments about you?
- Have you ever been called hurtful names?
- Do you get made fun of for how you look or act?
- Do you feel alone or isolated at school?
- Has anyone ever spread mean and/or untrue rumors about you?
- Are you ever excluded from a group on purpose?
- Have you ever felt like someone you thought was a friend is trying to control you?
- Has anyone ever imitated the way you talk or your actions?
- Has anyone ever damaged your belongings?
- Do other students ever physically hurt you on purpose?
- Are you ever afraid to go to school?
- Do you get anxious how you are treated by others at school?
- Have photos of you that you didn’t want shared ever been posted online without your permission?
- Has anyone ever pretended to be you on a social media site?
- Have people ever posted mean things about you online, or commented on things you post?
The more boxes you checked, the more likely it is you are being bullied.
The first thing to know is NO ONE deserves to be bullied and that you have the right to be safe. The next thing is to know that you are not alone. Now is the time to talk with a trusted adult and to work through a plan.