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What is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.


A number of ways being bullied


  • Calling you names
  • Spreading lies about you
  • Teasing you
  • Hitting or kicking you and causing you physical pain
  • Pushing or pulling you about
  • Taking your money or possessions
  • Leaving you out or excluding you
  • Threatening or intimidating you
  • Sending you horrible messages
  • Filming you on their mobile phones and sharing it
  • Sending you horrible emails or messages on Facebook and other social networking websites.


Three main ingredients of bullying


Aggressive behavior
Physical or verbal attack intended to cause bodily harm or cause shame

Imbalance of Power
The person bullying is stronger, more popular and able to do overpower the victim in many ways

Repetition
The behavior re-occurs often, leaving the victim scared of another attack soon again.


Four way in which bullying could come


Physical
This includes threatening, or actually doing the action of hitting, kicking, pushing, or any other physical harm. Others include stealing, hiding or destroying your belongings. Sometimes, you are forced to do things you don't want to do.

Verbal
This includes calling you names, teasing, people giggling, insulting and laughing at you each time they see you.

Relationship
This also includes people refusing to talk, share or allow you to join in with activities. Others include spreading lies (or even truths about something you may have done).

Cyber, Internet or Online
This includes people using the internet, email, online games or any other kind of digital technology to threaten, tease, upset or humiliate someone else.

Cyber bullying includes:

  • sending text messages,
  • posting statements online that are unkind or not true,
  • sending or posting pictures that are not yours to share,
  • making negative comments online about someone,
  • agreeing with someone who posts something hurtful.
Bullying happens everywhere, and all the time. Many adults see it as part of growing up. Sometimes you can try to be tougher and stand against it. Sometimes, you need to tell an adult to help.