Definition of Bullying
Bullying is when an individual or group with more power at the time, deliberately and repeatedly use words, gestures, actions, physical contact against another individual which causes distress and creates a risk to their wellbeing.
Bullying is a very serious issue. It is recognised to be a prominent cause of truancy, underachievement, a decline in learning and depression.
- be systematic and continue over time rather than a one off occurrence.
- be motivated by jealousy, distrust, fear, misunderstanding or lack of knowledge.
- make people feel threatened.
- be hidden from adults.
- continue if adults and peers take no action.
- include any form of behaviour that is not welcome and not solicited.
- be distressing and hurtful to the target/victim.