How do I know if I’m a bully?

Students in Year 11 Religious Studies are currently working through a Section called War and Conflict which includes a study of bullying. It seems pretty straightforward to recognise if you are being bullied; students learn from primary school what bullying is and that they should report it to a teacher or grown-up.


Bullying is:

  • repeated
  • intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
  • often aimed at certain groups, eg because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation

It takes many forms and can include:

  • physical assault
  • teasing
  • making threats
  • name calling
  • cyberbullying – bullying via mobile phone or online (eg email, social networks and instant messenger)

Yet what about knowing whether you are the bully yourself. This week on the BBC’s Newsbeat they’ve been asking that very question: How do I know if I’m a bully?


9 thoughts on “How do I know if I’m a bully?

  1. I feel this is accurate about bullying however I feel reporting to a teacher or adult does not always solve the issues it sometimes makes it worse

    • It’s sad to think that reporting bullying to a teacher or adult can make things worse; I know people who’ve suffered quietly with bullying for years and only spoken up when they had no choice – when they were attacked in the street and their injuries couldn’t be hidden. Is there a solution: who can young people turn to for help if not teachers and adults?

  2. I think bullying is a important topic because there is so much bullying going on in school and out, it can’t be stopped but if we tell the SRR then it may help,it is a thing that will never be stopped,it’s a thing that happens everywhere, it doesn’t just happen in schools, bullying is a long term thing not a short term thing,but if anyone is getting bullied then they should tell a teacher or police or parents ,before anyone else gets bullied by the same person.

  3. I think bullying should be stopped at all costs, in school it may affect the learning of the person being bullied therefore it is damaging them mentally and physically as well as damaging their education. Schools should always try hard to prevent bullying.

  4. I think bullying can leave a mental (and possibly physically) impact on the victim. Bullying can cause emotional harm on its victim and may damage the person for a long time after the bullying has stopped. Schools and workplaces should always look out for bullying because it can have some very serious consequences. Bullying can happen to anyone, any gender and any age group because there are so many different types of bullying.

  5. I believe that bullying can happen to anyone and it is hard to get away from it because many people bully to fit in or because of peer pressure. Its seems sad to think that students don’t feel secure enough to report a bullying incident to a teacher or an adult in fear of social rejection. I guess that helplines can work sometimes and maybe victims can talk to a councillor or maybe an older friend, who might be able to help them if the bullying gets out of hand. To conclude, yes I believe that bullying is inevitable when growing up, if you make it inevitable. Like sure, not everyone will like you and many people will judge you because of many things but that doesn’t mean that bullying will control your whole life. My advice is if you see yourself or maybe someone else being bullied, its right to stand up against the bully. Just be the better person

  6. This article is a good source for revision in Unit 8 due to having lots of relevant information for bullying but it also helps you think about whether your actions have caused harm to someone else. I think by asking this question it could help so many people look at their actions and hopefully help them change them.

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