A form of Violence
Bullying is a form of violence. It is a way of harming others. Bullies intimidate their victims. They frighten them and make them feel bad about themselves.
Bullying in Schools
Bullying often happens in schools, among children and teenagers. In the United States, about a third of students in middle schools and high schools have been bullied. Bullying is usually less of a problem as teenagers grow up and become adults; but adults can be bullied too. Many governments in North America, Europe, and Australia have passed anti-bullying laws in schools.
Bullying on the Internet
Bullies may insult or make fun of others. They may exclude others, or keep them out of a group. Bullies also may spread rumors or tell lies about others. This form of bullying can also take place on the Internet. Bullying on the Internet is called cyberbullying.
Girls are Bullied More Often
Both boys and girls can be bullies or victims of bullying. Girls are bullied more often than boys. Some children are both bullies and victims. Bullying may have many harmful results. Victims may become depressed or anxious. They may feel ill. They may also have poor achievements at school.
Children with Troubles may Become Bullies
Conflict or abuse in the home may make a child more likely to bully others. Children who do not care much about themselves or others also may become bullies. However, some bullies have high self-esteem and are popular at school. They may use bullying to impress their friends.
Adapted from "Bullying." Britannica Kids, Encyclopædia Britannica, 6 Aug. 2021. kids.britannica.com/kids/article/bullying/599000.