Helping to be Bully-Free Cheshire East

Stop bullying

Is it bullying or just a fall out

There are three agreed defining features of bullying:

  • the victim is targeted by an individual or group on a regular basis
  • there is intention to harm or humiliate
  • there is a power imbalance, the victim is fearful of those targeting him or her

When all of the above are happening, it is highly likely that this is a bullying situation.

Bullying can take different forms. It could include:

  • physical bullying: hitting, slapping or pushing someone
  • verbal bullying: name calling, gossiping or threatening someone
  • non-verbal abuse: hand signs or text messages
  • emotional abuse: threatening, intimidating or humiliating someone
  • exclusion: ignoring or isolating someone
  • undermining, constant criticism or spreading rumours
  • controlling or manipulating someone
  • making silent, hoax or abusive calls

The following types of bullying are also hate crime:

  • racial, sexual, transphobic or homophobic bullying
  • bullying someone because they have a disability

If the situation is a fallout between friends, but you remain concerned, please discuss with an adult working with your child and ask them to monitor things.

Page last reviewed: 05 June 2024

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