Bullying can be defined as repeated verbal, psychological or physical aggression conducted by an individual or group against others. It is behaviour which is intentionally aggravating and intimidating, and occurs mainly in social environments such as schools, clubs and other organisations working with children.
It includes behaviours such as teasing, taunting, threatening, hitting or extortion behaviour by one or more children against a victim. While the more extreme forms of bullying would be regarded as physical or emotional abuse and are reportable to health board or An Garda Síochána, dealing with bullying behaviour is normally the responsibility of the school or organisation where it is taking place.
Training for teachers and staff/volunteers in organisations working with children should include modules on raising awareness and developing techniques for dealing with bullying.
(Department of Health and Children, 1999)
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NPCpp recommends the DVD titled Silent Witnesses available from:
ABC – National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre
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