What is considered "Bullying"?

Bullying is the contiuous harassment of another person. Bullying can hurt people both physically or mentally, but it depends on what the bully does. It affects many people in many ways and usually has a different outcome. Victims will handle the situation differently, sometimes telling someone, trying to fight the bully, or even doing nothing at all. Bullying can easily change someone's life. It doesn't take long for a bully to change another person's life forever. We all have to be careful and avoid these bullies. If you are a victim of bullying, try to talk to a parent or adult. Getting help can also put halt to the issue, it just depends on how the victim handles it.

How to Avoid Bullies

  1. Tell a parent or adult if getting bullied
  2. Try to avoid that person
  3. Give the bully "a taste of his/her own medicine"
  4. Show the bully you aren't intimidated by them.

Facts about Bullying

  1. Research shows that half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years. More than 10% are bullied regularly.d
  2. More parents are allowing their young children to undergo plastic surgery to combat bullying. For example, Samantha Shaw, a 1st grader, underwent surgery to get her ears pinned back to prevent her from being bullied.m
  3. The word “bully” was first used in 1530 and originally applied to both genders and meant “sweetheart.” It is from the Dutch boel, meaning “lover” or “brother.” Around the seventeenth century, the term began to mean “fine fellow,” “blusterer,” and then “harasser of the weak.”c
  4. Over 30% of children who suffer a food allergy report having been bullied at school. While verbal abuse was the most common form of bullying, 40% reported having been physically threatened, such as having the allergen thrown or waved at them or being touched by the allergen. Food allergies affect an estimated three million children.i
  5. Girls bully in groups more than boys do.l
  6. Though girls tend to use more indirect, emotional forms of bullying, research indicates that girls are becoming more physical than they have in the past.l
  7. Boys tend to bully according to group, such as “athlete” versus “non-athlete.” Girls tend to bully according to social status, such as “popular” vs. “non-popular.”q
  8. When boys bully, they tend to use more threats and physical intimidation on both boys and girls. Girls are usually more verbal and tend to target other girls.d
  9. Bullying happens not just in the United States but also all over the world. International researchers have demonstrated that bullying in schools is universal.a
  10. Several factors increase the risk of a child being bullied, including parental over-control, illness or disability, passivity, social phobia, agoraphobia, and higher levels and expression of general anxiety.k
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b Boodman, Sandra G. “Gifted and Tormented: Academic Stars Often Bullied—and More Likely to Suffer Emotionally as a Result.” The Washington Post. May 16, 2006. Accessed: May 21, 2011.

c “Bully.” Online Etymology Dictionary.” 2001-2010. Accessed: May 21, 2011.

d “Bullying.” American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. March 2011. Accessed: May 20, 2011.