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What is bullying?


Bullying is: Persistent, offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour which amounts to an abuse of power and makes the recipient feel threatened upset, humiliated or vunerable. It is the impact of the behaviour on an individual which defines bullying and not the intention of the behaviour, so even if someone feels that thei behaviour is acceptable, if it makes the recipient feel uncomfortable or unhappy, it is bullying.

Bullying can take the form of emotional and/or physical abuse.

Examples of bullying behaviours:

  • Name calling

  • Damaging belongings

  • Hiding belongings

  • Stealing belongings

  • Taking away friends

  • Trying to get an indiviudal into trouble

  • Threats

  • Punching, kicking, pinching, pushing etc.

  • Spitting

  • Sending abusive or threatening messages via text or email

  • Silent phone calls

  • Posting threatening or abusive messages on forums or message boards

  • Spreading rumours

 

TRUTH

Sticks and stones may break my bones,
but words can also hurt me.
Stones and sticks break only skin,
while words are ghosts that haunt me.

Slant and curved the word-swords fall
to pierce and stick inside me.
Bats and bricks may ache through bones,
but words can mortify me.

Pain from words has left its scar
on mind and heart that’s tender.
Cuts and bruises now have healed;
it’s words that I remember.

Barrie Wade