We often hear young people defend hurtful behaviours as “just banter” in order to mask bullying actions. Distinguishing between bullying and banter has been a topic of some discussion for years.
The Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) is eager to address this issue and during this year's Anti-Bullying Week – the theme of which is Make a Noise About Bullying – we want to encourage an open discussion about how we can spot the difference between banter and bullying.
Early in my career, I encountered this dilemma during a training session for volunteer sports coaches. I posed the question: “What is the difference between bullying and banter?”
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