Bullying and Teen Dating Violence
How is bullying defined? Students often describe bullying as when “someone makes you feel less about who you are as a person.” Others think this behavior is easy to define. Their first image of bullying might be of a physically intimidating boy beating up a smaller classmate. While that would still be considered bullying today, you need to know that bullying behavior can be much more complex and varied than the stereotype. For example, harmful bullying can also occur quietly and covertly, or through gossip or the internet, and can cause significant emotional damage.
Bullying is an intentional behavior that hurts, harms, or humiliates a student, either physically or emotionally, and can happen while at school, in the community, or online. Those bullying often have more social or physical “power,” while those targeted have difficulty stopping the behavior. The behavior is typically repeated, though it can be a one-time incident.
As children develop into adolescents, the topography of bullying develops as well. Students begin interacting more frequently with peers and romantic relationships emerge. Unfortunately, the same problems some students have with their other peers transfer into these new, romantic relationships. Research has shown that there is a link between bullying, dating violence, and sexual harassment.
Visit the online resources, videos, and training modules below to get informed and learn what you can do to help. The modulers are designed to educate you on what you can do to address bullying and dating violence. The videos serve to increase awareness and bring to your attention the problems of bullying and dating violence.
So, what is bullying?