What is Bullying?

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30% of youth admit to bullying.


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1 in 3 students are bullied at school.




70% have witnessed bullying.


What is Child Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

  • An imbalance of power: kids who bully use their power, physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity, to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
  • Repetition: bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

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Impact of Child Bullying

Bullying behavior can have serious and sometimes extreme impacts on victims and perpetrators. Bullying may affect children in all areas of their life, both at home and in school, and in the present and the future.

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References & Sources
  1. U.S. Dept. of Justice
  2. StopBullying.Gov

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What is Bullying?