What is bullying?


  •  Physical
    • pointing
    • abuse
    • punching
  • Verbal
    • whispers
    • malicious gossip
    • insults (swearing, calling names etc)
    • homophobic or racist remarks
    • screaming
    • swearing
  • Social
    • lying
    • spreading rumours
    • nasty jokes
    • stares
    • exclusion
  • Psychological
    • intimidation
    • manipulation
    • stalking
  • Cyber-Bullying
    • Use of technology to verbally, socially or psychologically bully.

Bullying, harassment, violence and discrimination are harmful behaviours that deprive individuals and groups of their rights, jeopardise physical and emotional safety and undermine the wellbeing of our school communities and society. Around the world, more than one in six children are bullied at school every week.

Bullying in all its forms is basically an abuse of power by someone who is stronger – physically, verbally, mentally, socially, electronically, politically or financially- towards someone who can’t block the bully’s games and behaviours. It can occur once and leave a dramatic and long lasting impact but generally it occurs regularly or sporadically over months or years. Bullying can cause mild to severe physical, psychological, social and identity injuries. It can affect studies, careers, relationships and financial wellbeing.

This damage affects everyone concerned: the target, bully, onlookers, families, school, workplace, employers and the community. It is in everyone’s best interests to address the situation as soon as possible.