Aggressive behavior may be bullying depending on what happened, how often it happens and who it happens to. Bullying is the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others. It involves a real or perceived power imbalance between two or more people. The bully use their power-such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity-to control or harm the victim. Being picked on and made fun of is a troubling experience and one's self-esteem and confidence take a hit when bullied. It can be physical, social, verbal or online.
Physical bullying involves hurting a person's body or possessions. It can be seen in the form of:

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone's things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone's reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm

Some of the common signs found in victims of bullying are
  • Acting sad or worried
  • Being fearful of traveling on school bus
  • Refusing to go to school
  • Returning home with bruises or torn clothing
  • Demanding more pocket money for school

Intervention and support by teachers, peers and parents can make a huge difference. Moral training and counseling can greatly contribute to reducing bullying conduct. Assertiveness training i.e. communicating what you want or how you would like to be treated can be beneficial in putting an end to bullying. Research supports the evidence, those acting with calm and ignoring the bully gradually diminishes the bullying tendency of others.