What is Bullying?

The NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

Defines bullying as “Bullying is behaviour that hurts someone else. It includes name calling, hitting, pushing, spreading rumours, threatening or undermining someone.”

Source: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/bullying-and-cyberbullying/)

Types of bullying

Bullying can take many different forms, including:

  • Physical: hitting, punching, kicking, slapping or pushing
  • Verbal bullying: name calling, gossiping or threatening someone
  • non-verbal abuse: hand signs or text messages
  • Emotional abuse: threatening, intimidating or humiliating someone
  • Exclusion: ignoring or isolating someone
  • Bullying can also take place over the internet, and ‘media’ such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops, this is known as CyberBullying (this will be discussed in a separate article)
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