What is bullying?
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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.
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. Find out more at StopBullying.gov
What can I do?
Tell someone. Bullying is not okay. It’s not your fault. You will not get into trouble. We care about you. We want to hear about it. We want to talk about it. We want to fix it.
If you or a friend is being bullied at school, via social media or anywhere else, we want to help.
How can I tell someone?
- You can always talk to your teacher, your principal or any staff member with whom you feel comfortable. All staff have had training on bullying prevention.
- You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
- You can download our Bullying Incident Report PDF and email it or turn it in to the office. Or give it to your teacher if you feel more comfortable.
- Or you can submit the following form anonymously: