A bully is a person who tries to take power over another person. Bullying is a repeated behaviour and includes:
- Physical bullying (hitting, kicking, forcing, stealing, destroying property)
- Verbal and nonverbal bullying (name calling, threatening, insulting, teasing, making faces, eye rolling, taunting)
- Relational bullying (refusal to talk to someone, spreading gossip, whispering about someone, forcing unwanted actions, writing hurtful words about someone)
- Cyber bullying (bullying through the use of mobile phones, text messages, emails, social media, online forums)
It is important to help children understand the difference between being rude or mean, and bullying.
- Rude is when a person says or does something hurtful without intending to and they do it once.
- Mean is when a person intentionally says or does something to hurt another person and they do it once.
- Bullying is when a person repeatedly and intentionally hurts someone else with their words or actions and refuses to stop when asked.
Let’s work together to help students differentiate between being rude, mean, or bullying to make Glengarry a peaceful, safe, and positive school environment.