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 being older, being physically bigger or stronger, having more social status, or when a group of students single 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


Bullying and Its Impact | PACERTalks About Bullying: Season 2, Episode 11

Do you remember hearing “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? Research has shown that this old saying simply isn’t true. Words can hurt, and bullying can leave a lasting impact. These middle school students share their insights about bullying and its impact.