What is bullying?

Bullying can take on lots of different forms and can happen anywhere.

But however it might look, it’s always wrong. If someone’s behaviour towards you is having an impact on you feeling safe and in control, it is bullying.

However, it’s a good idea to be clear about what that behaviour might look like.

Below are some examples of bullying behaviour, which can happen face to face or online.

  1. name calling or being teased
  2. being put down or made to feel small
  3. being ignored or left out
  4. having rumours spread about you
  5. being threatened
  6. being picked on because of who you are or how people see you
  7. having money and other belongings taken or messed about with
  8. being pushed or pulled about, hit or kicked
  9. being sent nasty messages online
  10. having nasty comments made about you online.

There can be many reasons behind why someone bullies someone else. It may be because of their attitude towards someone they see as different, or it could be because of their own insecurities.

Whatever the reason behind the bullying behaviour, it’s not ok and should therefore be addressed.

For more information about what is and isn’t bullying, your rights and the law, you can visit Respect Me.