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What is bullying?

Bullying is a word that is used with a lot of meanings.

Making sure everyone in your school shares the same definition of bullying is essential. Sometimes things that are called bullying are not really bullying at all.

The national definition of bullying for Australian schools is the first place to look.

Including the definition of bullying in the relevant school policy helps to ensure shared understanding within the whole school community. The policy could also include definitions of harassmentdiscrimination and violence.

Bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence are all interpersonal behaviours that can create or contribute to negative social situations and school environments.

Ensuring a shared definition of bullying is important.

A shared understanding of bullying is the starting point for effectively preventing and responding to bullying in your school.

Preventing bullying involves everyone talking together openly and respectfully.

Bullying can have a lasting impact on everyone involved, including those who witness it, so it is important to work together to create safe school communities for everyone.

Download the Bullying. No Way! fact sheets about bullying. Fact sheets are available in Arabic, English, Filipino, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese.