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What is bullying?
Bullying is any action that intimidates, threatens or harms another person or group of people, either physically or emotionally.
Are there different types of bullying?
Bullying can be verbal, physical, or virtual (online). It can be racially, sexually or socially motivated, or in some other form.
Is bullying really that harmful?
People who are bullied are negatively affected in a number of ways. They often lose confidence in themselves and become insecure. If subjected to chronic and severe bullying, some people even take their own lives.
Who is more at risk of being bullied?
People who are more at risk of being bullied include gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, as well as people with disabilities or who are viewed as easy targets because they are seen as being weak and unable or unwilling to defend …
What can I do if my child is being bullied?
If your child is being bullied you can listen to what they are saying and take action to help them by contacting their teacher and principal, not the parents of the child who is bullying them. If the bullying has occurred online, you can take …
How can I help prevent bullying at my child's school?
Schools can work to prevent bullying by creating policies supported by a mission statement, a code of conduct and a reporting system that allows people to assess how often bullying happens and the responses to it. Schools have to work …
How do I respond to a bully in the workplace?
If you are being bullied in the workplace, you can politely ask them to stop their bullying behavior, or if it continues, or is serious, lodge a formal complaint and start an investigation into their behavior through your organization's regular …
What can I do if my child is bullying others?
Stay calm and focus on their behavior and not them. Let them know their behavior is not acceptable and explain why. Ask them to think what would happen if things were the other way around and they were the one being bullied, to help put things …
About this article
Author: Dr Idan Ben-Barak PhD, MSc, BSc (Med)
First answered: 13 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 14 May 2019
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Category: Childhood immunizations