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About Bullying

Children walking in a school hallwaysIn the United States, the definition of bullying has expanded beyond traditional notions of a bigger, stronger child picking on a smaller, weaker victim and typically includes four key elements. The first part of the definition now includes significant physical, emotional, or psychological harm to the victim. The second is the inability of the victim to stop the bully on his or her own. The third is a power imbalance in which the bully holds more emotional, physical, or social influence than the victim. The last is repetitive actions committed by the bully that continue for an extended period. Bullying can occur in virtually any interpersonal setting. While it affects young people as well as adults, the issue is primarily... (Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • What excuses do offenders make for bullying someone?
  • What are personality factors that contribute to bullying?
  • Does bullying differ based on gender?
  • What are the various types of bullying?
  • Which strategies and resources are used to deal with bullying?
  • Can bullying lead to school shootings?
  • Can bullying have a lasting effect?
  • Do bullies outgrow their behavior?
  • Is bullying a problem in the workplace?
  • How can cyber bullying be prevented?
  • How are schools legally liable, if they fail to protect students from bullying?
  • What are the legal consequences of bullying?
  • When does bullying become a hate crime?