Health - Bullying


Bullying may be defined as repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards an individual that creates a risk to health and safety. It includes behaviour that is offensive, intimidating, humiliating or insulting.

Bullying could be occurring to someone if you notice any or all of the following signs or symptoms:

  • withdrawal
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • changes in behaviour

So what do you do about it? This is a question that will have a different answer for every situation, but a basic response is to:

  1. Reassure the person
  2. Make it clear that bullying is not appropriate and that it is not their fault that it is happening to them
  3. Let the person know that help is available. The following websites, and their attached services, are a great first step in dealing with the issue:

Trolling vs Cyber-Bullying

Trolling and cyber-bullying are quite different forms of anti-social on-line behaviour; they vary both in terms of intention and the relationship between the two parties. For more information, including some advice on what to do about trolls and cyber-bullies, read this article.

Bullying by allergies

Sadly, bullies find all manner of ways to do their thing and attacking someone by their allergy is one of them. There is a real danger with this because it can easily become a medical issue as well as another form of bullying. Read about it in this article.


Cyber vs. Face-to-Face Bullying

Research has shown that although children think face-to-face bullying is more harmful than cyber bullying, that perception is false. Those who experienced cyber-bullying reported higher levels of anxiety and depression than those who had been bullied face-to-face. Read more in this article.