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Labeling a Child

Understanding Bullying
Understanding Bullying

Labeling a Child

“Cher! He is the Bully!”

 

It is easy to call those who bully others “bullies” and those who are targeted as “victims,” but this may have unintended consequences.

• Labelling can influence the way others see and treat them
• Once labelled, it is very difficult to lose that tag
• Labelling will have a huge impact on their self-esteem. When a person hears something about themselves often enough, they eventually start to believe it and act accordingly.

Instead of labelling, we should focus on the behavior. For instance:
• Instead of calling someone a “bully,” refer to them as “the one who bullied” or the “aggressor”.
• Instead of calling someone a “victim,” refer to them as “the one who was bullied” or the ‘targeted”.

 

 

 

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