What is Bullying?

Bullying is when someone (or a group of people) with more power than you repeatedly and intentionally uses negative words and/or actions against you, which causes you distress and risks your wellbeing.

Five kinds of bullying

  1. Physical bullying e.g. hitting, poking, tripping, pushing or damaging someone’s belongings.
  2. Verbal bullying e.g. name calling, insults, homophobic or racist remarks and verbal abuse.
  3. Social (covert) bullying e.g. lying, spreading rumours, playing a nasty joke, mimicking and deliberately excluding someone.
  4. Psychological bullying e.g. threatening, manipulation and stalking.
  5. Cyberbullying – Using technology (e.g. email, mobile phones, chat rooms, social networking sites) to bully verbally, socially or psychologically.

Bullying isn’t. . .

  • mutual arguments and disagreements
  • single episodes of social rejection or dislike
  • single-episode acts of nastiness or spite
  • random acts of aggression or intimidation.