Citizens in a community, especially the children, the old, and the weak, are provided information by the government as well as institutions about bullying and what to do when one is a victim of said harassment. In schools, churches, government and private institutions, forums and seminars about bullying are conducted so that each and every one is aware and can identify what bullying is, as well as provide tips on how can citizens protect themselves from it.

What are the usual signs and symptoms of bullying? Bullied children…

  • do not participate well in class. They are withdrawn, aloof, quiet and sometimes cranky. They are not sociable and refuse to talk to anyone, including friends and family. They are loners.
  • in serious cases, wear long sleeves, hoodies, and shades because they are covering bruises and cuts. These are physically battered individuals but choose to be beaten rather than report to anyone about it because they are afraid it will happen again.
  • cannot perform well in school. They are afraid to be teased if they participate in class. Grades are going down and these children often skip classes. They are often absent during group activities.
  • are not the same person as before. Victims of bullying may turn silent, sentimental, aggressive and/or moody. Their mood swings are unpredictable. Surprisingly, they raise their voices and get irritated right away.
  • have no interest in almost everything. They don’t seem to be interested in parties, picnics, group meetings. etc. They just want to be in their room the whole day. They often look deep in thoughts and are teary-eyed or with flushed cheeks and nose.
  • sometimes wet themselves in bed. They also suffer from insomnia. They refuse to eat. More often than not, they come home hungry and exhausted. Their clothes are crumpled and soiled even if there are no outdoor activities.

On the other hand, here are the usual signs and symptoms we see in bullies.

  • Bullies often make the commands. They are boastful and demanding. These bullies do not accept suggestions and opinions. They always make the decision without consulting others.
  • Bullies get pleasure in picking on their favorite victims. They love to tease their victims and they call names. They often come in groups and are loud-voiced. Bullies are always present in fights and arguments.
  • These bullies refuse to appreciate other people. They want to be the center of attention all the time. They want to be praised by their circle of friends. They also love to look at other people because they want to see the latter’s flaws. They find pleasure in attacking weak people verbally and physically.

It is imperative that each child knows the signs and symptoms of bullying to stop this harassment as early as possible to avoid further problems. Constant bullying provokes victims and it could lead to something serious or even death. Information drive should start at home and teachers in school should teach their students to respect one another and to value friendship. All institutions should discourage all forms of harassment and bullying. Bullying should never be allowed and each individual should be responsible enough to report it to authorities before it leads to suicide or death due to fights.

Above all, a person should be loved and nurtured by friends and families so that he can learn to love back and respect humanity. All of us have our respective roles to play against bullying and no matter how small that role is, it can save innocent lives.