Approximately 1 in 4 youth are affected by bullying during the school year negatively impacting millions of children, parents, and individuals in our schools and communities. Learn more about bullying, cyberbullying, and other related topics.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is an aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Bullying is repeated over time and can take many forms, such as hitting, punching, or shoving (physical bullying); teasing, taunting, name-calling, or sexual remarks (verbal bullying); intimidation using gestures, spreading rumors, or social exclusion (psychological or social bullying).
The definition of bullying includes three essential components:
- Bullying is an aggressive behavior involving unwanted, negative actions.
- Bullying involves a pattern of repeated behaviors over time.
- Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength.
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is typically referred to as "a communication or posting by one or more minors using cybertechnology or digital media designed to hurt, threaten, embarrass, annoy, blackmail, or otherwise target another minor."
Cyberbullying is willful and repeated bullying behavior that takes place using electronic technology. It can involve text, gaming devices, internet, social media, emails, blogs, cell phones, etc.
Cyberbullying can be done within a wide variety of technology, such as social networking sites, email, cell phones, websites, etc.
What is Sexting?
Sexting is the sending, receiving, or posting or sexually-explicit or sexually-suggestive images or videos. The term typically describes incidents where teenagers take nude or partially nude pictures of themselves, and distribute those pictures to others, mainly via cell phone, but also through social networking sites, websites, video chats, and e-mail.
What is Suicide?
Suicide is the reaction of extremely intense feelings of loneliness, worthlessness, hopelessness, or depression, which typically involves voluntarily taking one's own life.