BULLYING is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons.
CYBERBULLYING refers to bullying through information and communication technologies (ICT).
In order to be considered bullying, the behaviour must be aggressive and include:
- An Imbalance of Power: Children who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: Bullying behaviours happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
HARASSMENT is conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, or causes fear in another person. It is unwanted behaviour that offends, demeans, or threatens another person. The behaviour causes a hostile environment.
The forms will be checked on a regular basis and will be followed up accordingly.