It is so important that if you are being bullied to tell a trusted adult who can help you find solutions and deal with your emotions. However, I think a lot of kids use the phrase, "I am being bullied," when you might want to be more specific.
There are different types of bullying and intensities of bullying.
"I am being harassed."
"I am being threatened."
"I am being punched and kicked on my way to school."
"I am being gossiped about."
"I am being insulted on social media."
"I am being assaulted."
This helps adults to pinpoint the specific problem. When you say, "I am being bullied," we then have to dig a little deeper with you and get you to open up about the type of problem.
I know it's hard to open up. I know also from having my own 13-year-old that once you open up, it's easy to use a general phrase to try to describe what is going on or how you are feeling. But try to give your parent, teacher, youth pastor, coach, counselor, a very specific WORD.
This was brought to my attention on Twitter a couple of days ago, and I argued with the person that younger people feel safer using the phrase, "I am being bullied," because it's hard for you guys to open up.
However after thinking about her point, I realize it is very valid and important.
Using specific descriptive words will get you help more quickly and will get you the kind of support you need.
Can you think of other ways to describe bullying that will help someone else help you?