Bullying affects lots of young people and is defined as repeated behaviour which is intended to hurt someone either emotionally or physically. It is often aimed at certain people because of their race, religion, gender or sexual orientation or any other aspect such as appearance or disability.
Bullying can take many forms including:
- hitting, pinching, biting, pushing and shoving
- damaging belongings
- stealing money
- taking friends away
- posting insulting messages or rumours, in person on the internet or by IM (cyberbullying)
- threats and intimidation
- making silent or abusive phone calls
- sending offensive phone texts
Cyber bullying is bullying through a mobile phone or online (e.g. by email, instant messenger or on social network sites).