Bullying

Bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths, who are not siblings or current dating partners, involving an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm.

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person.  It can be harsher since it is far reaching and can take away a sense of safety at home.

In order to be considered bullying the behavior must include:

  • An imbalance of power: The use of strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity to control others.
  • Repetition: bullying is a chronic occurrence that does, or has the potential to, repeat.

Did you know?

  • Every 7 seconds a child is bullied.
  • Nearly 75% of school shootings have been linked to harassment and bullying
  • 11% of students in Houston did not go to school at least one day because they felt unsafe
  • More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied
  • Among middle school students, 24% are cyberbullied and 45% are bullied on school property
  • Only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyberbullying; yet 33% of teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying
  • For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts.