Bullying is a problem in society that effects 60,000 children and young people every year. In order to stop bullying we all need to get involved, from the highest decision-makers to private individuals.
The term bullying means repeated harassment and acts of intimidation against a person for a longer period of time. There are many different types of bullying, such as physical, psychological or verbal bullying. The most common is verbal bullying that often comprises of nasty remarks.
There is never only just one reason why acts of intimidation or bullying occur. Bullying has to do with complex processes where the background and reasons can be found on multiple levels. In order to understand a situation of bullying, it’s important to have different perspectives: the individual’s, group’s, organization’s and society’s. It’s also good to have a perspective that is critical of norms and think about “unwritten rules” that exist on different levels in society.
Examples of norms are gender norms and hetero norms that have to do with how males and females are expected to behave, as well as the norm in society that people are expected to be heterosexual. Those that differ from the norm risk being victimized.
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