What is Bullying?

There is no clear definition of bullying and what it is but we can perhaps say that bullying is any action that has the intention to cause physical or emotional harm and happens regularly.

Bullying includes:


Name Calling

Making Threats

Spreading rumours

Taking people’s things

Leaving People Out



Nasty text messages

Bullying hurts, frightens and upsets people, and it doesn’t have to go on for a long time to do this.

Sometimes people may feel bullied even though the ‘bully’ had not intended to cause any harm. If you feel that you are being bullied try talking to the ‘bully’ explaining how it has made you feel, or get a teacher or friend to have a quiet word with them. They may see how their actions have upset you and apologise and be much more careful in the future.

In cases where there is a clear intention to upset you then try following some of the guidance here.

How would YOU define bullying?

What do you think bullying is? Has your school got a good definition of bullying in its anti-bullying policy? Why not let us know. We will try and publish as many as possible below.
(Please let us know if you DO NOT wish for your name to be published)

“Bullying is when someone upsets you all the time for no reason”. Kelly, aged 9, Swindon

“It’s when people call you names or beat you up because you look different” Alex, aged 8, Blackpool

“Bullying is any action by an individual or group that aims to physically or emotionally hurt another person on a regular basis”. Mr K Walsh, Bolton

“Any form of behaviour which isolates humiliates, belittles or which mentally or physically hurts any other person” From a school anti-bullying policy in Bolton