What is bullying?
Bullying is when someone purposefully hurts or scares another person repeatedly. This includes:
- harassment: name calling or mean teasing in person or on-line
- gossip: spreading lies and rumors about someone in person or on-line
- physical violence
- exclusion - purposefully leaving others out
- public humiliation
- hurtful and extreme pranks
- taking or damaging someone's property, food or money
- being threatened or forced to do things
- revealing a secret that was meant to be private in person or on-line
Bullying involves an imbalance of power.
Bullying is different from teasing because the intent is to repeatedly hurt or frighten the other person. The target frequently feels alone, scared, depressed and often does not know where to turn.
Bullying is just not cool!
U.S. Department of Education - What is Bullying?