Julia Gundlach

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What is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted and aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power, whether it be real or thought-up. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. There are four major types of bullying, but it cannot always be seen and detected.


28% of 6-12 grade students in the US have reported being bullied.

30% of students admitted to being a bully.

70.6% of students have seen someone being bullied at least once.

15% of high school students had been cyberbullied within the last year.

15-25% of US students are bullied daily

There is no one type of bully.

Bullying can happen at any time and any place.

Being a bystander can be just as bad as being a bully.


Bystanders are those who witness somebody being bullied but do not do anything to stop it. This can egg on bullies and cause more problems.

When bystanders intervene, 57% of the time, the bully stops within 10 seconds.

Some bystanders instigate by pushing the bully to stop. Others encourage the bully by laughing, and others even join in. However, most bystanders passively accept that a person is being bullied and move on.

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What to do if you are being bullied

If you are being bullied, it is best to tell an adult. This may be a trusted teacher or a parent. Friends can also help in the event that you are bullied by providing a support system. In any case, talking about what is going on is a great way to get through bullying.


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