That old adage – sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me – was like a key phrase when I was at school. If you got called something unpleasant the teacher recited that at you. It’s still bandied about now and it really annoys me.
I think we are a lot more likely to call people out on their behaviour nowadays, especially bullies. But, with the advent of social media, bullies can get at their victims 24/7. Even when a person blocks someone who is bullying them, the bully can still carry on their disgusting behaviour by writing statuses about their victim.
I abhor bullying in any form. Bullying is not just physical. Bullying is also name calling, or forcing someone to do something they don’t want to do. Bullying can also be when someone deliberately excludes another from something in order to get the upper hand. Bullying can take on many forms, it isn’t just physical.
I really think we should be educating everyone that name calling is not acceptable and is a form of bullying.