Violence and Bullying

Who is At Risk for Being Bullied?

Generally, children, teens and young adults who are bullied:

  • Do not get along well with others
  • Are less popular than others
  • Have few to no friends
  • Do not conform to gender norms
  • Have low self esteem
  • Are depressed or anxious

Who is At Risk for Bullying Others?

Some people who at risk for bullying others are well-connected to their peers, have social power, and at least one of the following:

  • Are overly concerned about their popularity
  • Like to dominate or be in charge of others

Others at risk for bullying others are more isolated from their peers and may have any of the following:

  • Are depressed or anxious
  • Have low self esteem
  • Are less involved in school
  • Are easily pressured by peers
  • Do not identify with the emotions or feelings of others

Other risk factors for bullying others include the following:

  • Being aggressive
  • Have less parent involvement
  • Think badly of others
  • Are impulsive
  • Are hot-headed and easily frustrated
  • Have difficulty following rules
  • View violence in a positive way

What Does Not Increase Risk:

  • Location. There are no differences in rates of bullying for urban, suburban, or rural communities. Bullying happens everywhere.
  • School Size. The overall percentage of students being bullied does not vary based on school size, although bullying does happen more often in larger schools.
  • Gender. Boys and girls are just as likely to be involved in bullying. Forms of bullying may vary by gender; for instance, some research has found that girls are more likely to bully others socially

Find more tips and information about bullying at

Information Source:

School Bullying Prevention Program

Olweus Bullying Prevention  Program


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