Not sure how to identify bullying? First, you need a full understanding of what bullying is, and what it is not. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. There are three main forms of bullying:
- Verbal bullying
- Social bullying
- Physical bullying
If you are unsure if the behavior could be considered bullying, ask the following questions:
- Is it aggressive?
- Does one person have more power in the situation?
- Are the actions unwanted and repeated?
If the answer is “yes” to one or all of these, then the behavior could be considered bullying.