What is bullying?
Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face to face or online.
An ‘imbalance of power’ means a situation where one individual or group feels like they have power over another. This could be because there are more of them, or because they belong to a majority cultural or ethnic group. It could also be because of their physical strength or status.
How do I know if I’m being bullied?
Bullying behaviour can be:
- Physical (pushing, poking, kicking, hitting, biting, pinching etc.)
- Verbal (name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, threats, teasing, belittling).
- Emotional (isolating others, tormenting, hiding possessions, threatening gestures, ridicule, humiliation, intimidating, excluding, manipulation and coercion)
- Sexual (unwanted physical contact, inappropriate touching, abusive comments, homophobic abuse, exposure to inappropriate films etc.)
- Online /cyber (posting on social media, sharing photos, sending nasty text messages, social exclusion)
What do I do if I’m being bullied?
It doesn’t matter what colour hair you have; what colour your skin is; what religion you follow; what trainers you are wearing; how you speak; how you talk – it is not your fault if you get bullied.
Bullying makes you feel rubbish and it’s OK to be upset about it. The important thing is that you tell someone about it.