Bullying is a form of aggressive or threatening behaviour — either at school, in the workplace or in the wider community.
- is deliberate — the bully intends to cause pain or discomfort
- involves a power imbalance — this could be based on status, physical size, age, or gender
- is a pattern of behaviour over time that leads to fear and anxiety — it’s not usually a one-off thing
- causes short or long-term physical or psychological harm.
It’s often a problem among children at school, but can also be a problem in the workplace or community.