What is Bullying?

The Lincolnshire Children’s Services Anti Bullying Strategy defines bullying as

‘Behaviour by an individual or group, usually repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally.’

Bullying can take place between individuals or groups; face to face, indirectly or using a range of cyber bullying methods, the recognised categories are:

  • Direct physical bullying:
    Hitting, kicking, pushing, taking or hiding/damaging belongings including money
  • Direct verbal bullying:
    Name calling, teasing, insulting, using verbal threats
  • Indirect Bullying:
    Looks, social exclusion, spreading rumours, gossiping, and graffiti

Cyber bullying is a more recent problem that has come about through the increased use of mobile phones and the Internet.  It can be an extension of face to face bullying, with technology providing the person who bullies with another route to harass their target.  However it differs in several significant ways from other kinds of bullying: the invasion of home and personal space; the difficulty in controlling electronically circulated messages; the size of the audience; and the perceived anonymity. It may also involve the misuse of associated technology such as cameras and video facilities. 

Cyber Bullying can be defined as

‘The use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), particularly mobile phones and the Internet, deliberately to upset someone.’

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Last updated: 5 November 2015

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