Information for Parents
Parents, Carers and people who work with Children
"Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over
time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either
physically or emotionally"
Agreeing a definition of bullying is important. All members of
the community should be able to consistently identify bullying when
it occurs, but not confuse it with other acts of aggression, which
may be isolated occurrences.
Schools and services for children and young people will need to
adopt a definition that is agreed by their community through a
consultative process. Developing a shared understanding is an
essential step in addressing the issue.
Bullying is an abuse of power – that is, a more powerful person
or group will be intentionally causing harm, physically,
emotionally or psychologically, to a less powerful person or
It is generally agreed that a single incident of verbal or
physical aggression is not necessarily considered to be bullying –
there needs to be evidence of persistent victimisation over a
period of time. Similarly, it is not bullying when two children /
young people of approximately the same age and strength have the
occasional fight or quarrel.
Bullying can be physical (such as violent acts or non-consensual
touching), verbal (such as name calling), non-verbal (such as
glaring at someone), sexual (such as making lewd comments or
non-consensual sexual touching), social (such as excluding someone
from social groups), or technological (such as sending hateful text
messages or emails). Bullying can be motivated by many reasons
and can be targeted at a variety of aspects of a person’s
character. We can be bullied because of:
- Our racial group
- Our gender
- Our sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation
- Our size
- Our ability
- Our disability
- Our economic status
- Where we come from
- Our appearance
- Our special needs
- Our lack of confidence
- Our family situation
It is important when defining bullying to consider the
implications on the whole community. All members of the
community, adults, children and young people, can be subject to
being bullied and to perpetrating bullying.
Whilst bullying is usually part of a pattern of behaviour,
emerging trends such as cyberbullying can have a far-reaching
impact despite being a one-off incident. If an individual considers
him or herself to have been bullied, this may have a negative
impact on emotional wellbeing, which can perpetuate the fear of a
further perceived or real incident. Any reported incident must be
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This page was last reviewed 30 April 2013 at 15:28.
The page is next due for review 27 October 2014.