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What is Bullying?

Chances are, most of us will be involved with bullying in some way during our lives.

From spreading rumors to physical assault to targeting someone online—often called cyber bullying—bullying can take many forms. As many as 80% of American students say they experienced some form of school bullying during their school years. And the problem doesn’t go away after school. One poll found that 37% of Americans report being bullied on the job.

What does bullying look like?

Bullying is all too common. Bullying occurs in childhood and adulthood. By understanding and being able to recognize this hurtful behavior, we can more easily take steps to stop it.

Types of bullying:

  • Direct bullying is often the most obvious, and more often seen in boys. Direct bullying might include physical attacks like hitting or punching, or verbal abuse, like name calling or teasing.
  • Indirect bullying is less obvious, and more often seen in girls. Indirect bullying might include saying mean or untrue things, spreading rumors or ignoring someone.
  • Cyber bullying is just as serious. Internet or cyber bullying might include sharing inappropriate pictures of someone, posing as someone else to spread rumors or lies, or sending harassing messages.

Common misconceptions

Bullying is a rite of passage.
Bullying is not a rite of passage. If not taken seriously and stopped, bullying can have long-term and very serious impacts on the way people feel about themselves and relate to others.

Bullying is just a reality of growing up
Although common, bullying is not something that simply occurs as a natural part of childhood. Bullying goes beyond normal childhood conflicts and disagreements as children develop social skills. There are many reasons and ways to stop it.

Physical bullying is worse than other kinds of bullying
Any form of intimidation and harassment, from physical to emotional to cyber bullying, can cause serious harm to those involved.

My child would never be a bully
Parents are often surprised when they discover that their child is the bully. Your child may interact very differently with you or when you are present than he does when adults are not around.

Bullies seem tough, but they are unpopular and really just insecure
According to research, some of the most aggressive boys are also the most popular and socially connected. Most bullies also have average or better than average self-esteem.

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