Bullying now means something different

BBC Newsround is reporting that an anti-bullying charity has been campaigning to change the definition of the word.

Old definition: Bully n. a person who uses strength or influence to harm or intimidate those who are weaker.

New definition: Bully n. a person who habitually seeks to harm or intimidate those whom they perceive as vulnerable.

The charity believed the old definition might make people think bullies were ‘strong’ and people who were bullied were ‘weak’. The new definition makes it clear that being a bully does not make you strong.

A charity called The Diana Award asked 589 young people aged 13 to 17 years old if they thought the old definition of bullying should change – 72% believed it should.

The charity has been encouraging major dictionaries such as the Oxford dictionary, the Cambridge Dictionary and search-engines like Google to change their definition to something that better explains what bullying is.

Their campaign has been supported by The Vamps’ James McVey, presenter Holly Willoughby and Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown.

Read more and watch a video Bullying now means something different

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