Flirting is a great way to show your interest in a person, and helps you get to know each other in a respectful way! Throw on a little extra ‘swag’ and you can even become more confident when you’re flirting with someone.
Sometimes, flirting can be taken too far and become ‘hurting’. Sexual harassment is harmful and is defined as unwelcome and unwanted attention that is sexual in nature.
How can you tell the difference? If you, or someone you speak to is making sexual comments, jokes or insults this could be harassment. Any unwanted physical touching, pinching or kissing is harassment and can leave someone feeling vulnerable and anxious.
If flirting, ever turns to ‘hurting’ remember it is NOT your fault. Always trust your instincts, set solid boundaries, report it and do not give up!
Remember it is always okay to ask for help, from a trusted person (parents, teachers, coaches, school nurse, etc.)