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.
To by considered bullying it has to be aggressive, include an imbalance of power, and be repetitive. There are three types of bullying that a child could be exposed to. Verbal, social, and physical. Verbal bullying includes teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting and threatening to cause harm. Social bullying (also know as relational bullying) involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. It can include leaving someone out on purpose, telling other children not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors, or embarrassing someone in public. Physical bulling includes hurting a persons body or possessions, for example: hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, taking or breaking someones things, making mean or rude hand gestures.
Bullying can happen any time and place. Most instances are reported before, during, and after school. It can also happen virtually, over the internet.
Dealing with bullying needs to happen on multiple levels. Be sure to Stop Bullying on the Spot, Find Out what Happened, Support the Kids Involved, and be more than a bystander.