Bullying Prevention


Definition: Bullying is an aggressive behavior and a form of abuse repeated over time and involving an imbalance of power. It can be physical, verbal, or emotional and can occur via e-mail or online (cyberbullying).

Magnitude of the Problem

According to the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, in 2019:

  • About 1 in 5 (19.5%) high school students reported experiencing bullying on school property
  • Nearly 1 in 6 (15.7%) high school students reported being electronically bullied 

Bullying can adversely affect the mental and physical health of victims and interfere with their academic progress. Those who bully have a greater likelihood of engaging in antisocial and violent behavior.


Prevention efforts for schools should:

  • Create anti-bullying policies and communicate them to staff, parents, and students
  • Integrate bullying prevention material into curriculum at all grade levels
  • Encourage students to stand up to bullies, report incidents, and support victims

Prevention efforts for parents should include:

  • Talk with your child about what to do if they or someone they know is being bullied
  • Become familiar with your school’s anti-bullying policies and rules
  • Reach out to your school for help if you know a child who is involved in bullying

To learn more, visit: stopbullying.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System. Accessed on May 20, 2021.