Bullying is when someone hurts or scares another person repeatedly.
The behavior is never appropriate and is intentional. This repeated and hurtful act includes: name calling, inflicting physical pain, exclusion, public humiliation, hurtful pranks and defacing one's property. Bullying involves an imbalance of power.
The innocent one being bullied feels alone, depressed and scared and feels they have nowhere to turn.
- Calling someone hurtful and derogatory names
- Spreading lies and bad rumors about someone
- Being mean and teasing someone
- Hitting, punching, shoving, spitting and physically hurting someone
- Social exclusion or isolation ... not including someone is a group
- Getting certain kids or teens to "gang up" on others
- Having money or other things taken or damaged
- Being threatened or being forced to do things
Bullying also can happen on-line or electronically. Cyberbullying is when kids or teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other cyber technology. This can include:
- Sending mean text, e-mail, or instant messages
- Posting nasty pictures or messages about others in blogs or on Web sites
- Using someone else's user name to spread rumors or lies about someone
- Stealing someone's password and spreading rumors about someone else making it seem like that person is the Cyberbully