Is it peer conflict, mean behaviour or bullying?
Please find attached below and information sheet that talks about peer conflict and mean behaviour compared to bullying. I get asked this a lot by students and parents. Disagreements or conflict between students is not bullying. Excluding someone from play time or saying or acting unkindly is also not bullying.
Bullying is a repetitive behaviour that continues over time. It is not accidental or spontaneous and is usually meant to hurt the other person - emotionally or physically. Third, bullying behaviour happens when one child has power over another student or there is a power imbalance between them.
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