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The Difference Between Teasing and Bullying

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  • Teasing and bullying are different.
  • Not all teasing is bad. Sometimes it’s playful and helps kids bond.
  • When teasing is meant to hurt and done over and over, it can become bullying.

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Good-natured teasing is a way for people to communicate with each other. It’s a social exchange.

  • Many kids tease each other to bond or form relationships. When the best kid on a basketball team misses a dunk, and a teammate says, “Hey, Magic, nice shot,” they can both ...

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Verbal bullying is different from teasing. It’s not done to make friends or to relate to someone. Just the opposite: The goal is to embarrass the victim and make the bully look better and stronger.

  • The tricky thing is that bullying may start out as teasing. But when it...

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Maybe you’ve heard that kids are teasing your child or your student at school. You can ask a few questions to see whether it’s good-natured or harmful:

  • Are the kids who tease you your friends?
  • Do you like when they tease you?
  • Do you tease them back?
  • If you told ...

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  • Teasing can sometimes lead to bullying.
  • Kids who struggle with social skills need help understanding how to react to teasing.
  • If kids are being teased, asking specific questions can help you figure out whether it’s harmful.

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