Is It Bullying?

Matt Mixer, Executive Director Adapted Physical Education, Advocacy, Future Professionals, Membership, News & Events, Partnerships, Public Relations/Marketing

Not sure how to identify bullying? First, you need a full understanding of what bullying is, and what it is not. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. There are three main forms of bullying:

  • Verbal bullying
  • Social bullying
  • Physical bullying

If you are unsure if the behavior could be considered bullying, ask the following questions:

  • Is it aggressive?
  • Does one person have more power in the situation? 
  • Are the actions unwanted and repeated?

If the answer is “yes” to one or all of these, then the behavior could be considered bullying.

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