Information about bullying and what is being done in Hampshire to address it.
There is no legal definition of bullying. However, it’s usually defined as behaviour that is:
- intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally
- often aimed at certain groups, eg because of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
It takes many forms and can include:
- physical assault
- making threats
- name calling
- cyberbullying - bullying via mobile phone or online (eg email, social networks and instant messenger).
Your school should have its own definition of bullying: The law for schools
Bullying also involves an imbalance of power. It is a social act, involving not only the people on the receiving end and those doing the bullying, but also those who witness the bullying. Bullying can have a big impact and long term effects on people’s lives. One of the priorities in the Hampshire Children and Young People’s Plan is: “ensuring that children and young people are safe and feel safe, enabling them to build resilience and personal confidence.”