What is Bullying?

What is Bullying?

Bullying is when someone uses their power, words or actions to upset or hurt someone else. It is persistent behaviour, which means that it happens again and again over a period of time, and it is deliberate, which means that it is on purpose

If you are being bullied you might think that it's your fault, but it isn't. No one has the right to hurt you or make you feel bad, and if you are being bullied you don't have to put up with it. There are people who care and want bullying to stop. If you speak up about it, they will listen to you and help you.

Different Types of Bullying

Bullying isn't just about physical behaviour. It can mean many different things, for example...

  • being called names
  • being teased
  • being pushed or pulled about
  • having money and other possessions taken or messed about with
  • having rumours spread about you
  • being ignored and left out
  • being hit, kicked or physically hurt in any way
  • being threatened or intimidated

Bullying often happens face to face, with the bully using physical or verbal ways to hurt someone. However, the internet, mobile phones and social networking sites (such as Facebook) have meant that some people bully others electronically, by email, text or IMs or by posting unkind messages. This is called 'cyber-bullying' and is just as wrong and hurtful as any other kind of bullying.

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