What is bullying?

Bullying is REPEATED, UNDESIRED, and AGGRESSIVE behavior that involves in INEQUITY of POWER. Power can be physical, social or psychological!

“According to recent studies, 20% of high school students say they have been bullied on school property…Students who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety”.

When one student is bullying another student there is an inequity of power at play. At Power Up, Speak Out!, we believe that in a healthy relationship, two people share the power. One-sided power can often be a red flag for an unhealthy relationship. One-sided power means that one person in the relationship holds most of the power, this can be through physical dominance, social dominance (one person is more popular, has more friends or is well known in the community) or psychological dominance. 

Check out this article by Chris Elkins, MA for additional information on bullying including: power imbalances, causality, substance use, depression, anxiety, types and affects of bullying, how to seek help and more.