This is a question that people ask all the time. There is no one particular answer. People can be bullied for anything. Sometimes, people who bully others pick up on a small thing that makes someone stand out and they use it to hurt and humiliate them. This might be the way someone looks, the things they like doing or even the type of clothes they wear.
Many people who are being bullied blame themselves and feel it is their fault – but it isn’t. No-one deserves to be bullied and no-one has the right to make another person feel bad.
Some other reasons why a person might bully someone are:
It is important to remember the above list are reasons and not excuses to bully. Bullying is cruel, humiliating and causes a lot of pain to the bullied and it must be reported to ensure those affected receive the support they need.
To rehabilitate, change behaviour and encourage compassion and empathy, those who bully also need our support. If we want to help them grow up learning to interrelate with others without manipulation, harassment and abuse, we need to commit the resources and attitude to make that happen.
Everyone is different and it’s these differences that make people unique and who they are and they should be recognised and celebrated.
If you are being bullied or are concerned about someone who is, you can receive help and support from one of our trained Mentors. We currently do not have the ability to provide support face to face or via the telephone and can only provide an e-mentoring service to those affected by bullying.
If you would like a Mentor to email you, please contact: email@example.com
If you would rather speak to someone over the telephone, you can call Childline on: 0800 1111
For any community-related issues, such as anti-social behaviour, we would suggest contacting your landlord, the local police or your local environmental health department (where applicable), as we are unable to deal with these types of complaints.