What Does Bullying Look Like?

Bullying is a pattern of aggressive behaviour intended to make others uncomfortable, scared or hurt. Bullies behave this way to get control – they feel a sense of power from taking advantage of and disparaging those they target.

Bullying is no joke. Whether obvious or secretive, the results are the same. If not properly dealt with, it can cause lasting emotional, psychological and sometimes physical damage.

Bullying is not “just a phase,” or “a natural part of growing up” – it is always unacceptable.

There are four types of bullying:

  1. Physical  – a person is harmed or their property is damaged.
  2. Verbal – a person’s feelings are hurt through insults and name-calling.
  3. Social – a person is shunned or excluded from groups and events.
  4. Cyber – using the Internet, mobile devices or other digital technology to harm others.

Examples of Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation

  • Name-calling, unwelcome teasing or taunting
  • Slapping, hitting, pinching, punching or kicking
  • Locking someone in a confined space
  • Unwelcome touching
  • Racial or homophobic slurs
  • Destroying or stealing belongings
  • Name-calling, sarcasm or teasing
  • Threatening notes, letters, emails, phone calls or gossip
  • Threatening with words, actions, weapons or graffiti
  • Spreading rumours, gossip or excluding someone from a group
  • Threatening or insulting graffiti
  • Stalking or extortion
  • Online impersonation or identity theft
  • Posting harmful videos or images
  • Sending harmful texts or emails

Bullying, harassment and intimidation are rare in schools where behavioural expectations are clearly stated and understood.

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