What is bullying?

Bullying happens when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose. Bullying occurs repeatedly and over time.

The behavior of bullying occurs in four forms: physical, verbal, emotional or exclusion, and cyber-bullying.

  • Physical Bullying – Hitting, kicking, damaging property, or any physical aggression
  • Verbal Bullying – Teasing, name calling, put downs, or other behavior that would deliberately hurt others’ feelings or make them feel bad
  • Emotional or Exclusion Bullying – Starting rumors, telling others not to be friends with someone or other actions that would cause someone to be without friends
  • Cyber-bullying – Using electronic devices such as but not limited to computers and cell phones to bully (bullying defined above) others through methods such as posting comments, statements, or pictures on blogs, websites, social networks, text messaging, instant messaging and email.

Bullying Prevention and Support

Taking Control of the Issue

    • "Taking Control of the Issue - Speaker Discusses Bullying, Parenting"
      • This article from the Standard Journal in Milton, PA reports on guest speaker, Justin Lookadoo's presentation to parents on February 9, 2011. Lookadoo also presented to the Middle School and High School student bodies in separate assemblies during the day.

5 Common Myths about Bullying

    • This Washington Post article from December 30, 2010 discusses 5 myths about bullying.


Cyberbullying Research Center

A Parents Guide to Cyberbullying