What is bullying?
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. 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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- Pushing or shoving
- Rude gestures
- Intentionally damaging someone's belongings
- Yelling at someone
- Name calling
- Making fun of someone
- Laughing at someone
- Deliberately leaving someone out
- Starting rumors or telling lies about someone
- Sending mean messages on a computer or cell phone
- Trying to make someone feel bad about who they are
What is cyberbullying?
Using technology (such as the internet, email, cell phones, social media, and pictures) to hurt or harm someone else.
Examples of cyberbullying include:
- Sending mean text messages
- Posting statements online that are unkind or not true
- Sending or posting pictures that are not yours to share
- Making negative comments online about someone
- Agreeing with someone who posts something hurtful
- 28% of U.S. students in grade 6-12 have experienced bullying
- 20% of U.S. students in grade 9-12 have experienced bullying
- 30% of young people have bullied another person
- 70.6% of students have seen bullying in their school
- 64% of children who are bullied do not report it
Bullying and suicide
- Children who have been bullied have an increased risk of suicide, depression, and anxiety
- Over 14% of high school students considered committing suicide because they were bullied
- 7% of high school students have committed suicide because they were bullied
- Each year, there are about 4,400 deaths per year because high school students committed suicide after being bullied.
How to prevent bullying
- Treat everyone with respect
- Stand up for others (tell a trusted adult and report bullying when you see it. Also, be nice to the person who is being bullied)
- Protect yourself from cyberbullying