Teens and bullying

Being bullied is often scary and overwhelming. It's helpful to know what resources are available to prevent and combat bullying.

What is bullying?

Bullying comes in many forms. It includes aggressive acts–like spreading rumors, threatening someone or posting inappropriate pictures–that can worry or harm the person being targeted.

Help is available if you're a teen who’s being bullied, if a friend is being bullied or if you have been accused of bullying someone else.

What to do if you're being bullied.

Try to remain calm and not retaliate. You may also wish to seek support from someone you trust and work together to make the situation better.

What to do if your friend is bullied.

You can take a stand against bullying by helping a friend or peer in need. Start by offering your respect and emotional support and take further action, if warranted.

What to do if you've been called a bully.

Being accused of hurting someone else can be stressful, but it's important to listen and try to understand. If a friend, peer or trusted adult is telling you that your behavior isn't okay, listen, reflect and work with them to correct the situation.