Bullying is a word used to describe deliberate behaviour that causes upset and hurt to another person.
Bullying is intended to and can cause emotional, psychological or physical pain, harm and distress (worry and upset) to another person. Common emotions of someone who is being bullied include but are not limited to; worry and fear, low mood, embarrassment and humiliation, feeling worthless, helpless and hopeless.
This may impact a person’s mood, health and ability to live their everyday life.
There are many forms of bullying which can include ‘teasing’, ‘banter’ as well as online bullying. Online bullying includes being bullied via mobile phone, email, messaging services and social media.
Bullying can happen to anyone of any age, gender, ethnicity or background. Although bullying can be common in schools, colleges and online, this does not mean that it is ok.
Some forms of bullying are illegal e.g., violence or assault, theft, repeated harassment or intimidation, (e.g. threats and abusive phone calls, emails or text messages and hate crimes) and should be reported to the Police.
If a friend is being bullied, support them to talk to an adult. If they feel unable to do so, tell an adult on their behalf.
There are a number of downloadable workbooks and self-help materials you might find useful:
· Bullying – a parents guide (Jennifer Thomson)
· How to handle bullies, teasers and other meanies (Kate Cohen Posey)