Am I being bullied?
Bullying can take many forms and it may not be easy to recognise. To make things a little easier, bullying usually has these common features:
INTENT - it is deliberate!
REPEATED - it happens more than once!
HARMFUL - it causes physical or emotional damage!
POWER IMBALANCE - it is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves
In more simple terms, bullying is...
Types of Bullying
Hitting, kicking, spitting, throwing stones or pushing. Getting another person to assault someone.
Verbal insults, name calling, racist or sexist remarks. 'Gay' or 'lesbian' used as an insult. Persuading another person to insult someone, spreading malicious rumours, obvious whispering.
Threatening and obscene gestures, intimidation by staring and 'dirty looks,' sending nasty or threatening text or e-mail messages. Removing and hiding belongings, deliberate exclusion from a group or activity, ignoring.
Cyberbullying (Online Bullying or E-Bullying)
- Internet - either by e-mail or 'site victimisation' (when someone sets up an Internet site for the purpose of victimising an individual/group)
- Mobile phones-text messages, picture/video clip messages
Bullying on a school bus
We are working with the Safer Transport Team who monitor and work to prevent anti-social behaviour on school transport. They have provided the information on the Bullying on School Transport webpage which contains advice on what to do if you or someone you know is being bullied whilst on the school bus.
You can find more detailed information and advice on different types of bullying in the 'Professionals' section of this website.
Resources - Young People
An easy-read leaflet giving information about bullying - what it is and how to stop it.
This document outlines what to do if you or your child is being bullied whilst on school transport.
A helpful guide from Kidscape.
This guide is for children and young people in care and gives information about bullying and what you can do if you're being bullied.
This booklet from Kidscape has three main sections: Bullies, Victims and Self-assertiveness Techniques. Bullies and victims sometimes have similar problems so you might find helpful suggestions in all the sections.