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What is Bullying?

What is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time and can be verbal, social, physical, or digital (cyber).

Verbal Bullying

  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm

Social Bullying

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other people not to be friends with someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public


  • Transmission of harmful texts, sounds, images, direct threats, or other harassing communications using the Internet and social media.
  • Hacking someone's account

Physical Bullying

  • Hitting, kicking, and pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping and pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone's things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures