Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, aggressive behaviour that is directed at one or more people. Bullying is intended to cause - or should be known to cause - fear, distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

In contrast to bullying, conflict is generally a disagreement or difference in opinion between peers who typically have equal power in their relationships.  It is usually an inevitable part of a group dynamic and both parties have power to influence the situation.

Bullying is not accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses or in any other circumstances that could impact the moral tone of the school, including online and via other forms of technology. Staff, students and parents work together to implement bullying prevention and intervention plans in their schools. Schools use a progressive discipline approach and may use a range of interventions, supports and consequences when bullying behaviour happens, with a focus on improving behaviour.