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.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include an Imbalance of Power. Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people and happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
Bullying Includes Various Actions
Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
Working in the Community
When the power of a community is brought together, bullying can be prevented, Community-wide strategies can help identify and support children who are bullied, redirect the behavior of children who bully, and change the attitudes of adults and youth who tolerate bullying behaviors in peer groups, schools, and communities.
“Words of wisdom from the Prairie Dog”
You are encouraged to access the U.S. Government information “one-stop” link on bullying topics. We believe that you will find the material an excellent resource: StopBullying.gov