What is bullying?

Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else. It includes name calling, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. It can happen anywhere – at school, at home or online. It’s usually repeated over a long period of time and can hurt a child both physically and emotionally.

Bullying can take different forms like: 

  • Physical bullying: hitting, slapping or pushing someone
  • Verbal bullying: name calling, gossiping or threatening someone
  • Social bullying: intimidating, humiliating someone, ignoring or isolating someone
  • Cyber bullying: that takes place online. Online buying can follow the child wherever they go, via social networks, gaming and mobile phone.

For more information and advice on bullying read our full guide

See our infographic on bullying here