Bullying is when one or more persons repeatedly and purposely say or do mean or hurtful things to a person, who has a hard time defending him or herself. This repeated unwanted, aggressive behavior towards a person can happen face to face or through an electronic device.
Cyber-bullying, like traditional bullying, involves an imbalance of power, aggression, and a negative action that is often repeated. It is done through email, instant messaging (IMing), chat room exchanges, Web site posts, or digital messages or images send to a cellular phone or personal digital assistant (PDA).
Bullying is different from playful teasing and can take on many forms:
This list has been adapted from a publication originally created for “Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!” a campaign of the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. www.stopbullying.gov