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Is It Bullying?

Not sure how to identify bullying? First, you need a full understanding of what bullying is, and what it is not . 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. There are three main forms of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying
  • Social bullying
  • Physical bullying

If you are unsure if a behavior could be considered bullying, ask the following questions:

  • Is it aggressive?
  • Does one person have more power in the situation?
  • Are the actions unwanted and repeated?

If the answer is “yes” to one or all of these, then the behavior could be considered bullying.

Is My Child Being Bullied?
There are many warning signs that can help you identify if a child is being bullied. These warning signs are often in plain sight and easily overlooked. Look for the following signs in a child who you suspect may be experiencing bullying:

  • Unexplained injuries
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sudden loss of friends
  • Declining grades

Is It Cyberbullying?

Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place over digital devices like cell phones, computers, and tablets. Cyberbullying tactics include:

  • Posting comments or rumors about someone online that are mean, hurtful, or embarrassing
  • Threatening to hurt someone or telling them to kill themselves
  • Posting a mean or hurtful picture or video
  • Pretending to be someone else online in order to solicit or post personal or false information about someone else
  • Posting mean or hateful names, comments, or content about any race, religion, ethnicity, or other personal characteristics online
  • Creating a mean or hurtful webpage about someone

Cyberbullying can occur through text, social media, forums, or gaming platforms where people can view, participate in, or share content. Cyberbullying can be relentless, increasing the likelihood of anxiety and depression. Some forms of cyberbullying can cross the line into criminal activity.

Learn more about how you can help prevent cyberbullying.