What Is Bullying? (Explained for Children)


A bully is a person who is aggressive and threatening toward another person in a way that makes them feel bad, afraid, or uncomfortable. You have probably seen bullying before. You may even have experienced it.

An example of bullying would be if a classmate forces you to give them your lunch money everyday at school. This would make you feel afraid and uncomfortable because, of course, you want to use your lunch money to do what you want. Another example of bullying is if you look different from your classmates and they constantly tease you about it in a way that makes you feel bad.

Nobody wants to be bullied. Everybody wants to be treated with kindness and respect. Remember to show respect to your classmates and not treat them in a way that would make them feel bad, afraid or uncomfortable. If you are being bullied, or know of someone who is being bullied, you should tell your parent/guardian, or your teacher, or an adult you trust.

For more information on bullying, see diGJamaica’s previous articles on the issue.