What is Bullying?
Bullying is usually a repeated aggressive behaviour towards someone perceived to be less powerful or especially vulnerable for the purpose of intimidation or control.
Bullying severity may range from mild (just a bit of fun) to what is regarded as a criminal offence.
The means by which this behaviour is perpetrated is by one or more of the following:
- Covert or hidden bullying
Types of bullying behaviour may include
- Verbal or written abuse. This includes text messaging, posts on social media or other internet sites (Cyberbullying), notes, letters, emails, graffiti or posters.
- Violent and aggressive acts including threats with the intention to cause harm to a person or property.
- Malicious gossip and rumours.
- Exclusion with the intention to hurt.
- Harassment including sexual harassment in private, in the workplace or in public. This also includes stalking.
- Discrimination including race, colour, religion, sexual preference, belief systems, values, and other differences too many to list.
- Bullying can also include coercion or controlling behaviour, verbal denigration and other belittling tactics in the home. This may include physical, verbal or emotional abuse and is otherwise known as domestic violence.
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