Bullying is a form of youth violence. It can include aggression that is physical, such as hitting or tripping a peer. It can also include name calling, teasing, spreading rumors, and excluding peers from activities.
Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional problems, and even death. Victims of bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and academic problems. Youth who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence later in life. Young people can experience the negative consequences of bullying when they are the bully, the victim, or both a bully and a victim.
This fact sheet offers helpful information to help you understand bullying and how you can prevent it.