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Bullying Information

Bullying and cyberbullying are a part of growing up today. Nearly 30 percent of 12 to 18 year olds report experiencing bullying at school or online, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Some sources estimate even higher rates: One poll found that 43 percent of teens experienced some form of cyberbullying in the past year.

Bullying is all about power, and one person or group of people using their power—whether it’s physical strength, popularity or sharing embarrassing photos or information—to control or harm someone else. It can take place in person or online. The key is that the behavior is repeated over time, rather than a one-time conflict.

Bullying can take many forms, including verbal, physical and social. It may involve calling someone names, taunting or making inappropriate sexual comments. Bullying can be hitting, kicking or pushing someone. Cyberbullying is tormenting, harassing, insulting or embarrassing someone using the internet or other technology. Cyberbullying can include sending mean or insulting text messages or emails, spreading rumors on social media sites, and posting embarrassing pictures or videos on social media sites or in chat rooms.

Bullying can take a serious toll on a young person’s physical and mental health; but it is not only victims who suffer. Kids and teens who witness bullying are more likely to experience mental health problems, miss or skip school, and have increased use of tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.

Many kids and teens believe bullying is hurtful and they should act to stop bullying; but when confronted with an actual bullying or cyberbullying situation, few intervene. This Bullying topic includes information, videos and resources that can empower kids and teens to stand up to bullying.

Bullying and cyberbullying can take a devastating toll on young people. Teaching kids how to respond to bullying when they encounter it is the key to ending it. Please take some time to explore this section of our website.