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
- Physical bullying e.g. hitting, poking, tripping, pushing or damaging someone’s belongings.
- Verbal bullying e.g. name calling, insults, homophobic or racist remarks and verbal abuse.
- Social (covert) bullying e.g. lying, spreading rumours, playing a nasty joke, mimicking and deliberately excluding someone.
- Psychological bullying e.g. threatening, manipulation and stalking.
- 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.