Bruce Ira Levenberg, BS, MS, PD, SAS, SDA, School Bullying Expert
Some estimate that as much 90% of students in public schools have been harassed or bullied. According to the National Education Association (NEA), over 160,000 children refuse to go to school each day for fear of being bullied. Although public schools have strict protocols for reporting and investigation, only one in five (as estimated by stopbullying.gov) of those occurrences get reported.
Bullying is unwanted behavior that is intended to harm others, aggressive in nature, characterized by a real or perceived imbalance of power, is usually marked by repeated behaviors and/or incidents, or that have the potential to be repeated over time. Categories of bullying include: Physical (physical actions), Verbal (cruel words, statements and/or name calling) Emotional/Social/Sexual (often in combination), and Cyber (using the internet for name calling, teasing and/or intimidation). All these actions can be done singularly or in combination by the bully aggressor in order to gain dominance and control over the bully victim.