Bullying affects the lives of children and families throughout Ireland.
Bullying occurs when a person or group of people make fun of or take advantage of another person. This may involve physical or emotional abuse that takes place in person or online.
Key facts about bullying
- Bullying is always wrong. It should never be overlooked or ignored.
- Bullying can happen at home, at school, online, or in any other social activity.
- It often occurs where there is little or no adult supervision.
Why do children bully?
Children can bully for a number of reasons:
- Watching aggressive TV programmes or playing violent video games
- Feelings of low self-esteem
- Changes or disruptions at home
- Poor communication skills or impulse control
- Wanting to show off among peers or feel like a leader in a group
- Poor understanding of the feelings of others