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Bullying Identifying youth at risk

What is Bullying?
Aggressive behavior that involves an imbalance of power or strength. It's intended to cause harm and is often repeated over time. 1

Bullying may include:
• Punching, shoving, and other physical acts
• Spreading gossip or rumors
• Excluding someone from a certain peer group
• Teasing someone in a mean way
• Getting people to gang up on someone

Cyber bullying
Using Internet, mobile phone/ other technology to harass someone.
Can include:
• Sending mean text, email, or instant messages
• Posting hurtful pictures or messages in blogs/Web sites
• Using the Internet to spread rumors/ lies 1

The following facts underscore why it's essential that educators, parents, and others who work with and care for youth, help prevent and stop bullying:

• 17 percent of students report being bullied two to three x per month or more. 2

• Fewer than half of the children being bullied talk to an adult. 1

• Youth who bully/are bullied at greatest risk of: loneliness; lack of success in school; smoking/drinking. 3

• Children who bully are more likely to fight, vandalize property, and drop out of school. 2

• Kids who are bullied are 5 times more likely to be depressed. 4

• Bullied boys are 4 times more likely to be suicidal. 4

• Bullied girls are 8 times more likely to be suicidal. 4

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1. Stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov, HRSA
2. Olweus
3. Addressing the Problem of Juvenile Bullying, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
4. Bullying Prevention is Crime Prevention, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2003

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