What is a bully?

What is Bullying?

Bullying is mean, cruel and hurtful behavior. It is not a normal part of growing up, it is different than friendly teasing. It involves using power in a negative way to hurt others and is usually repeated over time.

Bullying is a relationship issue where one person or group repeatedly uses power and aggression to control or intentionally hurt, harm or intimidate another person or group. It is often based on another person’s appearance, abilities, culture, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. Bullying can take many forms; physical, emotional, verbal, psychological or social. It can occur in person or through electronic communication. (Saskatchewan’s Action Plan on Bullying and Cyber Bullying, November 2013)”

While varied levels of bullying can be mistaken for kids just being kids, not all actions are innocent, and many times repeated behaviour is what constitutes bullying. What might be serious between one person and another may be different for others, however that does not mean the negative impact of bullying should not to be taken seriously.

For more information on bullying, cyber bullying and abuse prevention please visit:

http://www.redcross.ca/how-we-help/violence–bullying-and-abuse-prevention