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Bullying: What to Know

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Bullying: What to Know

November 14th- 18th is recognized as Anti- Bullying Awareness Week. The 2019 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice) indicates that, nationwide, about 22% of students ages 12–18 experienced bullying, and about 16 percent of students in grades 9–12 experienced cyberbullying. (

What is bullying?

Bullying is 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. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

Types of Bullying

There are three types of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:

    • Teasing

    • Name-calling

    • Inappropriate sexual comments

    • Taunting

    • Threatening to cause harm

  • Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

    • Leaving someone out on purpose

    • Telling other children not to be friends with someone

    • Spreading rumors about someone

    • Embarrassing someone in public

  • Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

    • Hitting/kicking/pinching

    • Spitting

    • Tripping/pushing

    • Taking or breaking someone’s things

    • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Tips on Preventing Bullying

Parents, school staff, and other caring adults have a role to play in preventing bullying. They can:

If you have questions on how to handle bullying, the Kid Clinic can help. Campbell County Medical Group’s Kid Clinic is a school-based pediatric clinic that also offers counseling services for children ages 4-21. Counseling services are available for a wide variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, substance use, divorce or parenting concerns.

To contact Kid Clinic, call 307-688-8700.


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