What is Bullying?

iStockBullying_girl_wall.jpgBullying is a continuum of behavior that involves the attempt to gain power and dominance over another. Typically, bullying is repeated over time. Bullying can include:

  • Physical Pushing, kicking, hitting, fighting, pinching and other forms of violence or threats
  • Verbal Name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, persistent teasing
  • Emotional Excluding, tormenting, ridicule, humiliation, spreading rumors
  • Racist Racial taunts, graffiti, gestures
  • Sexual Unwanted physical contact or abusive comments

Emotional bullying, like ridicule or exclusion, seems to be more common than physical violence, and from what most kids say, it can also be the most difficult type of bullying to cope with or prove. Technology makes it possible to use email, web sites and cell phones to intimidate or harass others.

Persistent bullying can result in:

  • Depression
  • Shyness
  • Poor academic achievement
  • Low self esteem
  • Threatened or attempted suicide
  • Isolation

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