Bullying is a kind of abuse that can take many forms, but its goal is to make someone feel bad mentally or physically. It is unwanted, mean behavior by people who think they have more power than other people.

These are some different kinds of bullying:


Physical bullying

Hurting a person’s body or the things that belong to them.

Examples of physical bullying include hitting, kicking, pinching, spitting, tripping, pushing, or breaking someone’s things.


Verbal bullying

Saying or writing mean things.

Examples of verbal bullying include teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting, and threatening to hurt someone.


Social bullying

Hurting someone’s reputation or relationships.

Examples of social bullying include leaving someone out on purpose, telling other people not to be friends with someone, spreading rumors about someone, gossiping, or embarrassing someone in public.



Using technologies to send or post messages, pictures, or videos that hurt or embarrass another person and/or their reputation.

Examples of cyberbullying include sending or posting pictures of someone that they don’t want others to see, threatening someone online or over the phone, or saying mean things about someone online or over the phone or other technological devices.