One of our on-going school goals is to make our school a bully-free zone. With that in mind, it is important to understand that not all student conflicts are truly bullying. There are three types of student conflict:
♦ Peer Conflict
♦ Mean Behaviour
♦ Bullying Behaviour
The vast majority of classroom and playground incidents are peer conflict or mean behaviour, not bullying. The key factors that define bullying are: power imbalance, intention to harm, and repeated over time. The attached file explains this in more detail, and offers suggestions as to how we (teachers and parents) can support our students in dealing with each type of conflict.
While it is important to keep the conversation about bullying going, it is equally important that we all understand the terms we are using.