What is Bullying?

Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior by a person or group that targets another person or group. It involves an imbalance of power and is usually repeated over time. Bullying is not teasing. Bullying can start at age 3 or 4 and can continue into the teenage years. It happens to both boys and girls and may be done one on one or by groups of children against an individual. Bullying may be physical, verbal, sexual or psychological.

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Bullying Affects Everyone Involved – Even the Bullies

As parents, it can be upsetting and confusing to see children intentionally hurting each other physically or emotionally. While steps are rightfully taken to support the child who was bullied, the bully’s behavior is usually met with anger and punishment. Far less consideration is given for needs of the youth doing the bullying. However, the presence of bullying behaviors may actually be a sign that help is needed.

Chloe's Story

Approximately 25 percent of children are teased or bullied. When we add in children who have special health care needs, the rate of teasing and bullying is essentially twice as high. But it doesn't have to be. Take time to watch Chloe's message with your kids.

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10 Tips to Teach Your Kids How to Combat Bullying

Forty-nine percent of children grades 4-12 have been bullied at least once in the past month. And 3.2 million kids have been the victim of bullying. As a parent, how can you recognize the signs and offer your child help?

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The Effects of Weight-related Bullying

We are all likely aware of the negative impact that excess weight can have on our kids’ physical health, but what about the impact of obesity on their emotional and psychological health?

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Craniofacial Differences: Teaching Kids How to Respond to Bullies

While teasing and bullying are concerns for all parents, children with craniofacial conditions may be especially vulnerable because of the visibility of their facial appearance differences and speech or learning. Learn about some practical strategies that parents can use to support their child’s confidence in social situations and help manage teasing and bullying.

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PediaByte 196: Bullying

Dr. Mike explores the effects of bullying, for both the victim and the perpetrator. 

On Our Sleeves

Tips to Combat Bullying

Nearly half of children grades 4-12 were bullied at least once in the past month. As parents, we can help combat bullying and support our kids. Our Nationwide Children’s experts have tools to help you.

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Bullying Information for Parents

Bullying is unwanted aggressive behavior by a person or group that targets another person or group. It involves an imbalance of power and is usually repeated over time. Bullying is not teasing.