Bullying
Definition
Repeated and/or severe (a) aggressive behavior (b) among Minors,1 (c) that is intended or likely to hurt, control or diminish another person emotionally, physically or sexually.
Examples
    Physical
    Hitting, pushing, punching, beating, biting, striking, kicking, choking, spitting or slapping; throwing objects such as sporting equipment at another person.

    Verbal
    Teasing, ridiculing, taunting, name-calling or intimidating or threatening to cause someone harm.

    Social, including Cyberbullying
    Using rumors or false statements about someone to diminish that person’s reputation; using electronic communications, social media or other technology to harass, frighten, intimidate or humiliate someone; socially excluding someone and asking others to do the same.

    Sexual
    Teasing, ridiculing or taunting based on gender, sexual orientation (real or implied), gender traits or behavior, or sexual identification (e.g., taunting someone for being too effeminate), or teasing someone about their looks or behavior as it relates to sexual attractiveness.

    Rude, mean and conflict—distinguished
    Conduct may not rise to the level of Bullying Behavior if it is rude (inadvertently saying or doing something hurtful), mean (purposefully saying or doing something hurtful, but not as part of a pattern of behavior), or arising from conflict or struggle between persons, absent a Power Imbalance, who perceive they have incompatible goals.
The Facts
Been Bullied
  • 28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.
  • 20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.
Bullied Others
  • Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.
Seen Bullying
  • 70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
  • 70.4% of school staff have seen bullying. 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.
  • When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.
Been Cyberbullied
  • 6% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
  • 16% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
  • However, 55.2% of LGBT students experienced cyberbullying.
Click here for more statistics from the American Society for the Positive Care of Children.