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What is Bullying?

Bullying is a intentional negative behaviour that is repeated and is directed against a person who has difficulty defending himself or herself. 

What types of bullying are there? 

The most common forms of bullying are;

  1. Verbal: Persistent name-calling, which hurts, insults or humiliates.
  2. Physical: Pushing, shoving, kicking etc., includes assaults and threats of assault and damage to property.
  3. Gesture: Threatening gestures or glances that convey threatening messages.
  4. Exclusion: Socially isolating, excluding or ignoring someone.
  5. Extortion: Forcing another person to give away their property or money. 

How can I tell if someone is being bullied?

  • Visible signs of anxiety and distress.
  • Targets may not want to say what is wrong.
  • Unexplained bruising and cuts.
  • Damage to property.
  • Drop in school performance on tests.
  • Excuses for not wanting to attend school.
  • Lowered confidence/self-esteem.
  • Difficulty sleeping.
  • Repeated complaints of illness. 
  • Skipping after school sports. 

Bullying or just messing?

1. Are both students happy?

2. Did the student being teased ask the person doing the teasing to stop?

3. Has this happened more than once?

4. Is there an audience?

5. Does one student have more power over the other? 

How can I report Bullying?

You can report bullying in a number of ways, the most effective way is to seek help from an adult. 

This could be a teacher, other school staff, parents or an older sibling. The most important part is to ask for help, when you report bullying, you help the person being targeted, the bully and improve the environment where bullying is taking place. 

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