Understanding Bullying and Cyberbullying
Bullying is a pattern of intentionally aggressive behavior that causes discomfort to another person. Bullying comes in many forms: physical violence, verbal harassment, or behavior that’s meant to cause humiliation or hurt. When this behavior happens online, that’s called cyberbullying.
Targets of bullying often feel unsafe, unhappy, or isolated, and may have trouble adjusting to school. Being the target of bullying can also contribute to mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.
Coping with Bullying and Cyberbullying
Many targets of bullying report feeling lonely and helpless. But it’s important to remember that if you are the target of bullying, you are not alone: there are others who share or understand your experience who can help. If you see someone else being bullied, either in person or online, there are ways to stand up against bullying and safely help prevent bullying behavior in the future.