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What is Bullying?

Bullying is a Serious Issue

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power. Most often, it is repeated over time.

School bullying takes on many forms, and it is done by both girls and boys. A recent U.S. study shows that 17 percent of all students reported having been bullied "sometimes" or more often. This amounts to almost one in five students.

Recognizing Bullying

Bullying can take on many forms. It's important to understand what bullying is, and what it is not.

Warning Signs of Bullying

Students who are being bullied often exhibit some warning signs. Also, it's important to recognize the characteristics of students who bully, which may help prevent bullying and allow for early intervention.

The Impact of Bullying

A single student who bullies can have a wide-ranging impact on the students they bully, students who observe bullying, and the overall climate of the school and community.

Tips for Addressing Bullying

School administrators, teachers and staff, and parents can play an important role in reporting, stopping, and preventing bullying.

Bullying and Sexual Orientation

Verbal bullying is the most frequent form of bullying, and can involve negative language that is sexual in nature. Sometimes, this sexual language refers to another person's actual or perceived sexual orientation.

What is Cyber Bullying?

Cyber bullying is bullying through electronic media -- e-mail, texting, social networks, blogs, websites, or digital messages or images send to a cellular phone.