Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. The bullying behavior is repetitive, or has the potential to repeat, over an extended period of time. Bullying can cause serious lasting problems for both the victim and the aggressor.
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.
"The scars from being a victim of bullying may heal over time, but the trauma from the experience may never be forgotten" (Ty Howard):
- Nearly 1 in 3 students have reported being bullied, but ONLY 1/3 of victims report being bullied.
- 71% of school shooters had been victims of bullying.
Crime Stoppers provides important Bullying Prevention Tips to prevent falling victim to this form of abuse.