Everyone can learn how to recognize bullying and how to respond when bullying happens.
Recognize the different types of bullying:
- Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
- Inappropriate sexual comments.
- Threatening to cause harm.
- Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
- Leaving someone out on purpose.
- Telling other children not to be friends with someone.
- Spreading rumors about someone.
- Embarrassing someone in public.
- Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
- Taking or breaking someone’s things.
- Making mean or rude hand gestures.
- Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat and websites
- Mean text messages or emails.
- Rumors sent by email or posted on social networking sites.
- Embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.
Respond when you see bullying
Reach out for more help from these organizations
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, learn how to get help.
Learn more about the CDC’s bullying prevention program.
The Missouri School Violence Hotline
The Kansas School Violence Hotline
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)