By Helen A.

October has been recognized as the month to spread awareness about preventing bullying. Bullying is not a new problem. However, with the availability of social media today, bullying can have far greater reach than ever before. In-person bullying, as well as online or “cyberbullying” is a problem with potentially dire consequences. Being a victim of bullying is detrimental to one’s mental health.

What, exactly, is bullying?

According to the Centers for Disease Control:

Bullying is a form of youth violence and an adverse childhood experience (ACE). CDC defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths, who are not siblings or current dating partners, that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance, and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated. Bullying may inflict harm or distress on the targeted youth including physical, psychological, social, or educational harm. Common types of bullying include:

  • Physical such as hitting, kicking, and tripping
  • Verbal including name-calling and teasing
  • Relational/social such as spreading rumors and leaving out of the group
  • Damage to property of the victim

Bullying can also occur through technology, which is called electronic bullying or cyberbullying. A young person can be a perpetrator, a victim, or both (also known as “bully/victim”).

At another credible website, stopbullying.gov, you can find all kinds of useful information such as helping children develop resilience to bullying. There are also videos that deal with handling bullying, and much more.

Learn more

At EVPL, we have materials about this issue for you to explore, including electronic materials such as:

Bullying by Jodyanne Benson

In recent years, the topic of bullying has been making headlines. The different types of bullying including verbal, social, and physical bullying have serious effects. With greater access to the digital world, teenagers will also encounter cyberbullying. This book is an essential guide for teenagers, whether they’re the one being bullied or the one doing the bullying. Engaging design, easy-to-understand language, fact boxes, and lists of online resources draw readers in and equip them with manageable ways to address bullying.

Cyber Mobs, Trolls, and Online Harassment by Kate Mikoley

As young people continue to share more of their lives online, social media opens up increasing opportunities for international dialogue, but it also means they run the risk of encountering the problematic parts of a virtual community, such as cyber mobs, bullies, and trolls. This thoroughly researched volume takes a deep dive into these issues, examining the reasons they happen, common ways to identify them, and tips for protecting oneself from becoming a victim. Full-color photographs, quotes from experts, sidebars, and discussion questions help readers develop a comprehensive overview of online issues and take precautions in their digital life.

Don’t Be a Bully! by Therese Harasymiw

Some bullies might not even think they’re bullies. Instead, they might believe they’re fighting back against someone who has hurt them. They also might be acting out because of a difficult situation in another part of their lives. With this indispensable book, readers learn what bullying is and how to avoid taking part in bullying situations. They’ll discover bullies’ motivations and how peers can stop harmful bullying behaviors before they escalate and do lasting harm. Tips and life skills are included throughout the accessible narrative, which includes helpful fact boxes and full-color photographs


Being aware that bullying is a problem is the first step in helping to prevent it. EVPL is your partner in seeking information that will help benefit the overall health of individuals who have to deal with this issue, and hopefully to help prevent it in the future.

Helen A.

Helen A.

Give her a crossword puzzle to work, and Helen is one happy camper. She also enjoys making recipes healthier, developing her green thumb, and tracking her daily steps on walks with her husband.

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