15 November 2021

Bullying is behaviour by an individual or group, repeated over time, that intentionally hurts another individual or group either physically or emotionally. It can happen online (cyber-bullying) and both in and out of school, and can be prejudice based or discriminatory.

Bullying can have significant effects on children’s mental health, including into adulthood. Children who are bullied might also do less well at school and have fewer friends.

Some children may be more vulnerable to bullying due to perceived differences, like:

  • Having special educational needs or disabilities
  • Characteristics such as race, religion or sexual orientation
  • Being adopted or in care
  • Suffering from a health problem
  • Having caring responsibilities

Anti Bullying Week