Bullying is when someone hurts another person or a group of people on purpose. This is often repeated and can make people feel very unhappy.
There are different ways bullying can happen, it can be face to face, over the internet, social media or through phone calls and/or texts. These are the four main different types of bullying:
Verbal: Name calling, unkind words, threatening, mocking and teasing.
Physical: Hurting another person physically on purpose, this can include hitting, kicking, pinching or pushing. It can also include stealing of somebody’s personal items or being intimidating to another person.
Emotional: Humiliating, spreading rumours, making people feel unhappy or uncomfortable, excluding and tormenting.
Cyber: This is when people use computers, phones, tablets or any other way of digital technology to bully another person. This might include messages, videos, images and actions than are sent or used to make another person feel unhappy, anxious and/or threatened.
Who gets bullied?
Bullying can happen to anyone. People can be bullied for any reason. It is sometimes because of any difference whether real of made up by the bully such as the way someone looks, their hobbies, family or how they are around others as well as protected characteristics such as race, sexuality and disability.
Remember, bullying can happen to anyone. Many children, adults and even celebrities including Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson and Rihanna have experienced bullying. It is not acceptable and is something nobody should have to put up with. If this is happening to you, it is important to talk to somebody you can trust, like a relative, a teacher or a friend.