“It would be naive to think you have never been bullied”

Dominique Scherer – Co-founder of BULLYOUT

Definition of Bullying

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Have you ever been bullied or were you the bully? How would you know if you are the victim or the bully himself? Let us discuss the definition of bullying in Australian Schools here in BullyOut!

Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion, to intimidate or aggressively dominate others.  The behaviour is often repeated and habitual. One essential prerequisite is the perception by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power, which distinguishes bullying from conflict.  Behaviours used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment or threats, physical assault or coercion, and such acts may be directed repeatedly towards particular targets.  Rationalisation of such behaviour sometimes includes differences of social class, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, behaviour, body language, personality, reputation, lineage, strength, size or ability.

If bullying is done by a group, it is called mobbing.

Bullying can be defined in many different ways.  Bullying is divided into four basic types of abuse:

  • Emotional (sometimes called relational) – This is any bullying that is done with the intent to hurt somebody’s reputation or social standing which can also link in with the techniques included in physical and verbal bullying.
  • Verbal – This is any bullying that is conducted by speaking.  
  • Physical – This relates to any bullying that hurts someone’s body or damages their possessions.
  • Cyber – Cyber-bullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person.

It typically involves subtle methods of coercion, such as intimidation.

Bullying is rampant nowadays which most victims are school aged children and teenagers that usually happens at school. Many showed concerns about this issue as many of us or including ourselves is a victim. Anti-bullying organizations have reached out to promote anti-bullying campaigns. TV shows and movies such as 13 reasons why and mean girls shows what is bullying and how bullying could affect someone.

Now that we have defined what is bullying, identify yourself. Are you the bullied victim? Or the bully? Submit complaints here in BullyOut and let us know how to stop bullying together.

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