What is Bullying?
Bullying is commonly thought as physical contact and easy to recognize, but bullying can also occur quietly and covertly, through gossip or on a smart phone or the internet, causing emotional damage.
As a starting point, there are elements that are included in most definitions of bullying. Although definitions vary from source to source, most agree that an act is defined as bullying when:
The behavior hurts, humiliates, or harms another person physically or emotionally.
Those targeted by the behavior have difficulty stopping the action directed at them, and struggle to defend themselves.
There is also a real or perceived “imbalance of power,” which is described as when the student with the bullying behavior has more “power,” either physically, socially, or emotionally, such as a higher social status, or is physically larger or emotionally intimidating.
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