Bullying Prevention

Bullying Prevention

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 Survey, in 2015:

  • 20% of high school students reported experiencing bullying on school property
  • 15% of high school students reported being electronically bullied in 2015 

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. 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Accessed on October 1, 2016.

CSN Bullying Prevention Resource Guide

Bullying during childhood and adolescence is painful when it happens and can have long lasting effects, both for the bully and the victim. Despite efforts to decrease bullying, the percentage of students reporting being bullied- roughly one in five- has not changed since bullying-related data began being collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) in 2011. The YRBS is the nation’s biennial survey of adolescent health risk and health protective behaviors.

Resource Type: 
CSN Resource Guide

Bullying Victimization among U.S. Youth

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines bullying as repetitive aggressive behavior that is repeated over time and involves an imbalance of power or strength (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2017a). Bullying behaviors may include teasing, name calling, mockery, threats, harassment, taunting, hazing, social exclusions, and rumors.

Resource Type: 
CSN Publications

How Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Can Help Prevent Bullying

This interactive webinar focused on the latest research on bullying among children and adolescents and explored strategies for using social and emotional learning (SEL) to prevent bullying. Social and emotional learning helps children and adolescents to manage their emotions, empathize with others, and develop positive relationships. (1) It provides an important framework for schools to use in helping students acquire and strengthen social and emotional skills to prevent bullying behaviors and support inclusion and respect. (2) Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D., M.Ed.

CSN Webinar
Aug 08 2018

Preventing Bullying: The Role of Public Health and Safety Professionals

This article discusses the prevalence and consequences of bullying on both the victims and bullies themselves and focuses on the role that public health officials play in preventing bullying.



Resource Type: 
CSN Publications


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