Anyone can become the target of persistent hurtful behavior. Some people are at greater risk just because they are seen as “different”. Let’s face it most people have been on the receiving end at some point. You can be bullied or teased because you’re thought to be different: too short, too tall, too fat, too skinny, too smart, too artistic, too loud or too quiet, you name it.
Unfortunately, people with epilepsy are sometimes the target of bullies.
There can be serious long-lasting consequences for the person being bullied (and often the bullies themselves). It is not something to be taken lightly.
Sometimes it can be tough to do these things, but here are some suggestions. If you are being bullied in person:
Review websites with strategies for dealing with bullying and seek help by phoning the Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) for confidential advice.
If you are being regularly bullied, do not be afraid to seek help by letting your parents know and/or contacting services such as Kids Helpline. It may also be useful to not pay attention to any names or negative remarks that the person bullying you calls you. Teasing and name-calling are common strategies that people who bully others use to offend others.
If it is cyber-bullying:
If you are a bystander, you can either support what is being done (by laughing, encouraging the bully, passing messages on, or even by being silent and doing nothing) or take safe action to stop it and to defend the person who is under attack.
To take action against bullying you witness in person:
To take action against bullying online:
Importantly, if you find you are, or a close friend is being bullied, do not suffer in silence. Seek help by letting your parents, or teachers or another person you can trust know. Seeking help does not mean you are weak.