Anti Bullying Speakers Teach the Difference between Bullying and Teasing

Anti-Bullying Speakers Teach the Difference between Bullying and Teasing

Anti-Bullying Speakers reveal that bullying continues to be a hot topic within our school systems, we can forget that our students can at times confuse teasing with bullying. This occurs not only on the part of the person being teased but also on the part of the individual doing the teasing. 

 Anti-Bullying Speakers Explain Bullying

Anti Bullying Speakers Explain BullyingHow can we teach our students to understand the difference? Anti-bullying speakers are one excellent method of providing our students with information in an impactful and meaningful style.  Bullying is a purposeful aggressive behavior using any means including electronic, physical, verbal, or written. Some bullying behavior is obvious such as physical actions like pushing or hitting. Other obvious actions include verbal bullyings such as insults or threats. However, some bullying behavior is much more subtle such as alienating an individual from the group or spreading rumors. Anti-bullying speakers understand the various forms of bullying and are able to help students understand when behavior is truly bullying.

Teasing Explained by Anti-Bullying Speakers

Teasing Explained by Anti Bullying SpeakersTeasing actually takes two different forms, positive teasing, and negative teasing. Positive teasing occurs between individuals who have a strong relationship with each other. It takes place in a manner demonstrating a close bond of affection between two individuals. Positive teasing strengthens relationships and is not hurtful. Determining if teasing is positive can be quite simple, if the teasing is not hurtful, is equal, and reciprocated, then it can be considered positive teasing.

Anti-bullying speakers understand that, however, teasing can also be negative. When the student on the receiving end of the teasing is hurt or distressed, the teasing is no longer positive. The aim of negative teasing is to criticize, embarrass, or alienate the other individual. Negative teasing occurs between individuals who have a weaker relationship with each other and actually undermines that relationship.

Understanding the Difference Between Bullying and Teasing, according to Anti Bullying Speakers

Students and adults alike have teased each other through the centuries. The teasing was not harmful and was certainly not considered bullying. However, in this day and age, how can our students understand the difference between bullying and teasing? While the individual doing the teasing may not mean to cause harm, it is very easy for teasing to go too far and the recipient being hurt.

Teasing becomes bullying when the individuals involved occupy different power or social levels within their environment. In other words, the individual doing the teasing enjoys greater popularity within the peer group. When the intent behind the teasing is to harm or distress the other individual, then the act is no longer teasing, but bullying. Anti-bullying speakers explain that teasing that remains persistent, occurs repeatedly, and is often aggressive is a form of bullying.

Anti-bullying speakers such as Joel Penton help students understand the difference between bullying and teasing. The idea is to help students realize the power of words, and therefore be more careful when their true purpose is to tease someone they like, and not bully. Joel Penton, a former Wuerffel Trophy winner (known as the Humanitarian Heisman) is a true inspiration for students and a wonderful addition to any school calendar.  To learn more about Joel Penton or understanding the difference between bullying and teasing, please contact us today.


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