What is bullying?

By Anti Bullying Pro

What do we mean when we say “bullying” and what are some of the different types that exist?

Definition of bullying:

Bullying is any behaviour that makes someone feel upset, uncomfortable and unsafe. This is usually deliberate and repetitive and can take forms such as verbal, indirect and physical.

Verbal is usually attacking or upsetting somebody in the form of speech or verbal actions, this also includes signing. Examples include: hurtful words, offensive language, discriminatory language, swearing.

Indirect can take on a less obvious form that you wouldn’t directly see/hear. Examples include: isolating someone, rumours, sharing secrets, cyber bullying, damaging or stealing someone’s property, physical intimidation.

Physical is usually clear in its main form of unwanted body contact from the person bullying to the bullied. Examples include: hurting someone intentionally, kicking, punching, slapping, spitting.


We all have a part to play in ending bullying and you can help make the difference


Stand up for others – You can help someone else through offering support when they are going through a tough time. We all have a part to play in ending bullying and you can help make the difference.

Raise awareness – You can talk about bullying in school or with your peers to raise awareness of how to tackle bullying and to support each other. The best way to instigate social change is to be brave enough to tackle issues in a productive and transparent manner.

Be a role model for others – You can demonstrate how we should all be treated by treating other people with kindness and encouraging others to do the same.

Report – You can report bullying behaviour even if it isn’t aimed with you. You can do this by telling a teacher or, if it has happened online, reporting through the social network, information on how to do this can be found on social networks safety centre’s.

More support – You can look at our blog here. Make sure you talk to someone who you can trust. It’s so important to identify your support network, the people in your life or support services that you know will care about you and give you the support that you need, whether that is inside or outside of school or work.