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. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Did You Know:
- A girl is bullied every 7 minutes in the school yard, playground, stairwell, classroom or bathroom.
- According to one large study, the following percentages of middle schools students had experienced these various types of bullying:
- name calling (44.2 %)
- teasing (43.3 %)
- spreading rumors or lies (36.3%)
- pushing or shoving (32.4%)
- hitting, slapping, or kicking (29.2%)
- leaving out (28.5%)
- threatening (27.4%)
- stealing belongings (27.3%)
- sexual comments or gestures (23.7%)
- e-mail or blogging (9.9%)
- Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment .
- Students who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence later in adolescence and adulthood.
Sources: CDC 2012, Stop Bullying.gov, Girl Scouts USA