What is bullying?

Bullying is when someone:

  • keeps picking on you again and again and tries to make you feel bad
  • says or does lots of mean things that upset you
  • makes fun of you a lot
  • tries to stop you from joining in or makes others not like you
  • keeps hurting you, for example by hitting or punching you.

Bullying can also happen through a mobile phone or on the internet. This is called cyberbullying.

Sometimes you might have a fight or argument with someone. If it only happens once, that's not bullying even though it can be upsetting.

Bullying is not fair. It feels awful.

You have a right to feel safe.

If you don't feel safe, get help right now from your mum, dad, carer, teacher, or an adult who will listen to you.

© Bullying. No Way! (www.bullyingnoway.gov.au 2014, Queensland Department of Education, Training and Employment / Australian Education Authorities)

Last updated
16 October 2014