What is bullying?

What are some examples of bullying behaviors? (Adapted from Sampson, 2009)

  • Spreading rumors or gossiping about someone.
  • Threatening someone physically or verbally
  • Attacking someone physically.
  • Demanding money from someone.
  • Participating in hazing-related activities.
  • Stealing from someone.
  • Sexually harassing someone.
  • Attacking someone verbally in person, via texts, or on the Internet via e-mail or social media forums such as Facebook or Twitter.

Possible Activities

  • Journal to explore your understanding of bullying.
  • Watch video segments related to bullying.
  • Share a personal experience related to bullying on Bullying.org as a poem, piece of artwork, story or multimedia.
  • Discuss or role play case studies involving bullying scenarios.

According to the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, bullying behavior:

  • is aggressive
  • is intentional
  • involves an imbalance of power.
  • is often repeated over time.

Stopbullying.gov notes that bullying behavior needs to be understood in connection with the context in which it is found.