Bullying can happen at any age – but it mostly happens to young children and teenagers.  Bullying includes: making threats, spreading rumors, saying mean things about others, hurting someone physically or verbally, or keeping  someone out of a group to hurt their feelings.

Kids who bully are using their power to hurt other kids.  They use physical strength, knowing embarrassing information, or their own popularity to control or harm other kids.  Bullying often happens over and over and can be something that happens every day.

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things.

  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm

Social bullying involves hurting someone’s relationships.

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Physical bullying involves hurting someone else’s body or things that belong to that person.

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone’s things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Internet bullying happens mostly on social websites like Facebook or YouTube.

  • Sending mean text messages or emails
  • Sending rumors  by email or posting them on social networking sites
  • Embarrassing others with real and fake pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles
  • Because bullies can be anonymous they can ruin another person’s reputation without ever being caught.

If you suspect a child is being bullied, ask them directly. If the answer is yes use the link below for tips on how to "offer help."


Here are three short videos on cyber bullying, physical bullying and social bullying: