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
- spreading rumours
- threats and intimidation
- making silent or abusive phone calls