According to Kidscape; Bullying is the repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. It can happen face-to-face or through cyberspace, and comes in many different forms:
Verbal: Name calling, persistent teasing, mocking, taunting and threats.
Physical: Any form of physical violence, intimidating behaviour, theft or the intentional damage of possessions. This includes hitting, kicking and pushing.
Emotional: Excluding, tormenting, ridiculing, humiliation, setting people up and spreading rumours.
Cyber: Cyber bullying is the misuse of digital technologies or communications to bully a person or a group, typically through messages or actions that are threatening and/or intended to cause offence, anxiety or humiliation.
For more information on bullying for professionals, including best practices and tackling bullying, please click here to visit Kidscape or click here to visit BullyingUK for information for schools and youth organisations around bullying.
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Bullying in South Tyneside
For information on bullying in South Tyneside, please read the following information from South Tyneside Council.
Bullying in Sunderland
For information on Bullying in Sunderland, please read the following information from the Sunderland Safeguarding Children Board.
If you require any advice on anti-bullying policies, procedures, practices or issues please get in touch with anti bullying coordinator Dorothy Maddison by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.