DO ANY OF THESE SITUATIONS CONSTITUTE BULLYING?
“Johnny called me a name.”
“Billy took the ball away from me and wouldn’t give it back.”
“Casey told a joke about me and everyone laughed.”
Unless certain other factors are at play, I would say NO, these specific situations are not bullying. You may have answered yes and are wondering why I disagree. Let’s first define bullying.
WHAT IS BULLYING?
According to most scholars who study bullying, there are some common ideas about what it truly looks like:
- It is done on purpose
- It is done repeatedly
- It is negative or harmful
- It is done to a victim who is less powerful
- It is intense
- It is unprovoked