Anti-Bullying Week provides an opportunity for us to talk openly about the effects of bullying on the lives of children and young people and take action to stop it. This Anti-Bullying Week we call on children and young people to take the lead on creating a future without bullying – using new technologies to promote positive communication and relationships rather than being held back by cyber-bullying.
What is bullying?
ABA defines bullying as the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person by another, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological and includes behaviour such as:
■ name calling
■ spreading hurtful stories
■ excluding someone from groups and breaking up friendships
■ making demeaning comments about gender, culture, religion or sexuality
■ making demeaning comments about a disability or illness
■ taking possessions or money
■ hitting, pushing or kicking.