What is Bullying?

What is Bullying?

As defined by the World Health Organization, bullying is the intentional and ongoing misuse of power in relationships by using verbal, physical or social behaviors on a regular basis that cause physical or psychological harm. The abuse of power can be committed by either an individual or a group against
one or more individuals. A bullying incident may occur face-to-face or online, and it may be obvious (overt) or subtle (covert).

During the last twenty years, the awareness of bullying in schools has significantly increased.

The phenomenon of bullying is now receiving significant attention, defined as persistent aggressive behavior directed toward weaker students or groups of students.


Where Does Bullying Occur?

Typically, bullying occurs at school, on school property during recess or after school, or on the
school bus, as well as anywhere else where children are unsupervised.

In addition to bullying among peers, bullying can also occur within the family or in the
neighborhood where kids congregate. Online and digital modes of communication are
common venues for cyberbullying.


49.8% of teens (9 to 12 years old) reported being bullied at school and 14.5% of teens expressed exposure to online bullying. 

Bullying is reported by one in five students. 

Four out of five students who reported being bullied believe that the bullying will occur again in the future. 

Over 5.4 million students stay home every day due to bullying. 

1 in 5 students admits to being a bully or bullying someone. 

In secondary schools, over 282,000 students are physically assaulted each month. 

One-third of the students surveyed were aware of another student making threats to kill someone.  

Students stated that they were bullied most frequently because of their physical appearance, race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, and sexual orientation.