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Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else – such as name calling, hitting or pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone. Bullying can have a serious, long-term effect on a person. It might not be physical abuse – bullying can be emotional or verbal, involve discriminating against someone or even take place online (also known as cyberbullying). It’s usually repeated over a long period of time.

Unfortunately, bullying can happen anywhere, both in the workplace, community and at home.

Bullying can include:

  • name calling
  • hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
  • stealing others belongings/money
  • damaging others belongings
  • taking friends away to make someone feel excluded
  • cyberbullying
  • spreading rumours
  • threats and intimidation
  • making silent or abusive phone calls