What is Bullying?
Any unwanted, aggressive, often repeated physical or verbal behavior by an individual or group of individuals intended to cause harm emotionally or physically is bullying.
Kids can be bullies. Kids can be bullied. Kids can witness bullying.
Can you tell the difference between bullying and conflict?
Bullying is any intentional, deliberate attempt to hurt someone through words or actions. It involves a real or perceived power balance. A bully has or believes they have more physical or social power than the victim.
Here are a few examples of bullying to look out for and know if you are a victim.
- Fighting – pushing, shoving, hitting
- Touching in inappropriate or unwanted ways
- Making rude gestures
- Screaming in someone’s face
- Taking or breaking someone else’s belongings
- Spreading rumors or telling lies about another person
- Making threats
- Name calling
- Intentionally excluding someone
- Making fun; laughing at another person in a malicious way
- Trying to make someone feel bad about who they are
- Sexual harassment
Check us out tomorrow for Part 3 of our #BullyingIsNotOK Series to explore the difference between bullying and cyberbullying.