Bullying is different from conflict. All inappropriate and hurtful behaviour needs to be addressed, and it is important to identify what the behaviour is in order to resolve the situation effectively.
Bullying: Repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour by an individual where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more individuals, including psychological harm or harm to an individual’s reputation. Bullying is not a normal part of growing up and it does not build character. Bullying is a learned behaviour.
Conflict: A disagreement or struggle over opposing beliefs, needs, feelings or actions. Conflict is a normal part of life. Students as well as adults can benefit from learning how to resolve conflict peacefully and recognize the different betweeen conflict and bullying.