What is it?

Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. About 1/5 (8.2 million) US high school students report experiences with bullying every year (1/6 for cyberbulling).

Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:

  • Depression, anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, health complaints, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
  • Decreased academic achievement and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.


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