Teasing: Not Just Harmless Fun
Teasing is often meant to be playful and harmless. But verbal or physical teasing is never okay and is not a healthy way to show someone you like them. Some people may tease another person to make themselves feel better or more powerful than another person. Other people may tease someone because that person is different from other people. Regardless of why someone teases another person, teasing can easily cross the line into bullying and harassment if it’s done over and over again. Touching other people without their permission, verbally teasing them and bullying are never okay.
If you’re being bullied or harassed, talk with a trusted adult. If the first adult you tell doesn’t do anything, tell another adult you trust. Keep telling adults you trust until you get help.