The most common types of bullying are verbal bullying, physical abuse, and cyber bullying. Bullying does not have a gender or age limit. Children, teens, and adults can all be victims of bullying.

Bullying can take place at school, at home, at work, or in other settings.

Cyber bullying includes harassing another individual through the means of technology such as text messages, emails, and social media.

Facts and statistics on bullying:

  • Nearly one in three school children experience some level of bullying between 6th and 10th grade. Experts agree that most incidences of bullying occur during middle school.
  • Most students report name calling as the most prevalent type of bullying, followed by teasing, rumor-spreading, physical incidents, purposeful isolation, threats, belongings being stolen, and sexual harassment.
  • Children and teens who are considered “different” from their peers are the most frequent targets of bullies. Special needs students; LGBTQ+ students; students who are overweight; and students who are perceived as “weak” are the most likely targets of bullying by others.
  • Students who are bullies as young adults continue the trend of abuse and violence into adulthood. By the age of 30, approximately 40 percent of boys who were identified as bullies in middle- and high school had been arrested three or more times.

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