Bullying is when someone (or a group of people) with more power than you, repeatedly and intentionally uses negative words and/or actions against you, which causes you distress and risks your wellbeing.
“Bullying has become such a hot topic in schools that it too may have contaminated some of today’s key life skill development for children. As children are still developing skills to be assertive, they will make mistakes at times. An over-focus on bullying instead of developing friendship skills encourages adults to feel under pressure to take every misdemeanour seriously and to step in and work out conflicts—we may be interrupting a normal part of social and emotional development. We need to be careful not to dilute the value of everyday unpleasantness, and of children learning for themselves how to deal with it. At the same time, we must protect and act when real bullying occurs. At other times we need to learn to step back and let kids be kids when other social challenges occur. Vital emotional learning may be taking place.”