What Is Bullying?

Bullying is a form of emotional or physical abuse that has three defining characteristics:

1. Deliberate—a bully’s intention is to hurt someone

2. Repeated—a bully often targets the same victim again and again

3. Power Imbalanced—a bully chooses victims he or she perceives as vulnerable 

Bullying occurs in many different forms, with varying levels of severity. It may involve:

      • Physical Bullying—poking, pushing, hitting, kicking, beating up
      • Verbal Bullying—yelling, teasing, name-calling, insulting, threatening to harm
      • Relational Bullying—ignoring, excluding, spreading rumors, telling lies, getting others to hurt someone


Toolkit Cover

Understanding what bullying looks like will help you stop it before it escalates.

Sad girl playing soccer