What is bullying?

Bullying is defined as "wilful, repeated aggressive behaviour with negative intent used by a child to maintain power over another child." The result is "a victimized child caught in an abusive relationship."

Unequal power – Once person has more power than another person (or it seems this way to the children or young people involved.

Hurtful actions – Physically or psychologically harmful behaviour takes place (such as name-calling, insults, threats, kicking, hitting, punching, etc.)

Direct or indirect actions – The abusive behaviour may be face-to-face or done behind a person's back (such as teasing, exclusion, gossiping and spreading rumours)

Repetitive behaviour – The hurtful actions keep happening, so the person affected finds it increasingly difficult to escape.

Source: Healthy Canadians - How to recognize bullying

Helpful Websites:

Government of Saskatchewan Anti-Bullying Homepage

Bullying - Healthy Canadians

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