What is bullying? - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

What is bullying?

Bullying is a conscious, willful, deliberate, repeated and hostile activity marked by an imbalance of power, intent to harm and/or threat of aggression.

Bullying can be verbal (name-calling, put-downs, threats), homophobic bullying, transphobic bullying, social (exclusion, gossip, ganging up), physical (hitting, damaging property) or cyberbullying (using the computer to harass or threaten). Bullying can occur within a peer group or between groups. It can occur at home, at school, at work and in sports.

Learn about the types of bullying, and what you can do to prevent them:

Cyberbullying (PDF)
Respecting Cultural Diversity (PDF)
Homophobic Bullying: Tips for Youth (PDF)
Homophobic Bullying: Tips for Parents (PDF)
Transphobic Bullying (PDF)
School Bullying
Workplace Bullying
Sports Bullying (PDF)

Created:
Modified: 2015-11-06
PID: 18312

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