You may think the word “bullying” means physical violence only, but that’s not true. Bullying describes any unwanted, aggressive act, whether it's making threats, excluding people on purpose, or spreading rumors about someone. Bullying can be annoying, it can be scary, and yes, it can be dangerous, too. Sometimes bullying does become physical, and that can go from pushing and shoving to fighting and worse.
If you're a victim of bullying, or have witnessed others being bullied, you can play a part in making it stop. Every situation is different, but there are ways to deal with it. Start by visiting our Injury Prevention program’s Youth Violence/Bullying page. You can also visit stopbullying.gov for help.
Page last updated: January 25, 2018