If you want to act to put an end to bullying, here are a few resources and other helpful information in your language to show you how.
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.
Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. This includes:
- Teasing, taunting, or name-calling
- Inappropriate sexual comments
- Threatening to cause harm
Social bullying involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. This includes:
- Leaving someone out on purpose
- Telling others not to be friends with someone
- Spreading rumors about someone
- Purposefully embarrassing someone in public
Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. This includes:
- Hitting, kicking, or pinching
- Tripping or pushing
- Taking or breaking someone’s things
Cyberbullying is bullying that happens online through social media, text messages, chat, and websites. This includes:
- Unwanted or mean text messages or emails
- Rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites
- Posting embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles
- Cyberbullying is unique because messages and images can be posted anonymously and distributed quickly to a very wide audience
There are many helpful resources on how to prevent and report cyberbullying.
For more information, see the StopBullying.gov’s webpages on “What is Bullying” and “Cyberbullying.”