What is bullying?

Bullying is repeated harassment over a period of time, and is done in a way that makes it difficult for the person being bullied to defend themselves.

Bullying can take many different forms, but essentially there are three different types:

Verbal bullying, including:

  • Teasing
  • Sarcasm
  • Name calling
  • Continually ignoring someone
  • Racist & sexist remarks

Physical bullying, including:

  • Taking your money or personal belongings
  • Pushing, hitting, kicking and punching
  • Sexual abuse, including unwanted physical contact or comments

Indirect bullying, including:

  • Spreading rumours or starting gossip about you
  • Getting you into trouble for no real reason
  • Excluding you
  • Sending you hurtful messages via texts, emails, phoning and letters

For further information about and dealing with bullying please visit the BBC's website or Bullying on Line website which has information for children, parents and schools.