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What is bullying?

What is bullying? What should we do about it?

An unhappy teen boy walks away from bullying girls.

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.

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

  • An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as 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.

The first line of defense against bullying is to tell the teacher, the principal. the counselor and/or your parent that you are having an ongoing problem with a specific student who is being mean or threatening. No one should be bullied at school or on a school bus. Stand up to bullying and tell!