What is bullying?

Approximately 40.000 (5%) children and teenagers in Norway experience bullying on a regular basis. Nearly as many are bullies.

Bullying is a ritualized offense against someone who cannot defend himself/herself.

Bullying is characterized by:

  1. An aggressive act directed against a victim, by one or more persons together.
  2. An uneven relationship in strength between the person(s) who bully and the victim.
  3. Recurring aggressive actions occurring over time.

These three criteria must be there for us to call it bullying.

Bullying is not a conflict between more or less equal parties.