Bullying Defined

What Is Bullying?

Bullying is more than disagreements, differences of opinion, or conflicts that occur between friends and classmates.

Bullying definitions typically include:

  • The person is being hurt, harmed, or humiliated with words or behavior
  • The behavior is repeated or there is a concern that it will be repeated
  • The behavior is being done intentionally
  • The person being hurt has a hard time stopping or preventing the behavior
  • The hurtful behavior is carried out by those who have more power, such as students who are older, are physically bigger or stronger, have more social status, or form part of a group that singles out an individual

Note: Definitions vary greatly. This is not a legal definition. Schools often provide a definition in their bullying prevention policies and procedures. Find your state’s law and definition at StopBullying.gov


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Welcome to Season 3 of PACERTalks About Bullying, our weekly video series all about bullying prevention – including informational content, interviews, and more! To kick off this season, we begin with the basics by answering in 60 seconds or less the question “How is bullying defined?”