So...What is Bullying?
Bullying as defined by Dr. Olweus:
A student is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.
Additionally, in bullying incidents, there is an imbalance in strength or power-a victim of bullying has a difficult time defending himself or herself. Bullying may be carried out through physical, verbal or indirect means (e.g., excluding students). Thus, bullying is characterized by three criteria:
- It is aggressive behavior or intentional “harm doing”
- It is carried out repeatedly and over time
- It occurs within an interpersonal relationship characterized by an imbalance of power