Bullying at any age can affect a person mentally, emotionally, and/or physically. Communication and empathic listening are very important to make the victim feel secure. Having been able to share their fears and feelings with someone can help the kid to open up. To stop it from happening again, it’s required that a victim understands that he/ she is being bullied and report the same.

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Every kid at one or the other stage of growing up faces situations that end up in either bullying someone or getting bullied. Now the question that arises is, whether this should be considered as part of growing up or something that must be openly spoken about and raised as a concern when someone is affected. There are various ways in which bullying affects and traumatize a kid. Not being able to speak about it or discuss it with someone who can take action affects the whole lifestyle and perception the kid holds, and as they group up can become problematic in the way they treat others around them.

Bullying can occur randomly or regularly. It can happen daily, weekly, or monthly. With the advancement in technology and access to the internet cyberbullying has become dangerous in terms of a life-threatening epidemic. Also, bullying, especially cyberbullying has become more rampant, regular, and common. Posting unwanted or embarrassing pictures of someone on social media, sending threatening messages, impersonating someone are some of the repeated forms of cyberbullying. Bullying can be in various forms such as teasing, name-calling, preventing others from going where they want, or doing what they want, pushing, hitting, and all forms of physical violence.

Having a clear understanding in terms of what actually constitutes bullying and having a system in place at the school level is a must so that kids at all age groups can have a counselor or teacher to be able to report the incident and are comfortable enough to talk about same. The staff should also be trained and shall be able to understand the difference between teasing and bullying. Further, not just at schools or colleges but also in the personal household environment; parents should always keep in touch with kids with regards to day to day activities and updates about their personal life at school and what is happening around so they can speak against bullying when such an incident takes place. Also, educating the kids who are actually the ones involved in bullying other kids around is important, so that they understand how a simple joke or action by them, maybe in casual attitude can lead to adverse impact.

Celebrity kids have their own problems and issues to deal with to meet expectations at the social media level trying to overcome cyberbullying being the most common. Daughter of Gauri Khan and Shah Rukh Khan ~ Suhana Khan recently penned a strong post against colorism. Daughter of Aamir Khan, Ira Khan opened up about depression on World Mental Health Day. AR Rahman’s daughter Khatija replied to Taslima Nasreen on being trolled for wearing a burqa says that she should google what true feminism means because it isn’t bashing other women. Some of the recent reports and many in the past made by star kids make it evident that how even they get affected at a stage of privilege and we can decipher that it’s not all glitz and glam for celebrities’ kids as well.

It’s not just kids, these days anybody can be bullied, both offline and online, hence it is important that we don’t just stay away but also report these bullies, let’s make the world a better place for all human beings, irrespective of what they are, what they wear, talk, or look like.

Contributed by Pragya content writer at Mitti Ke Rang

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