Bullying Resource Center

Last updated May 2018


Bullying Resource Center ImageBullying is repeated aggressive behavior that can present in the form of threats, physical assault, and intimidation that is intentional and involves a difference in power and/or strength.

Bullying is a common experience for many children and adolescents.

Bullying behavior can be physical, verbal, or electronic. Boys tend to use physical intimidation or threats, regardless of the gender of their victims.  Bullying by girls is more often verbal, usually with another girl as the target. Bullying has even been reported in online chat rooms, through e-mail and on social networking sites.

Children who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. Some victims of bullying have even attempted suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is bullying?

Why is bullying such an important problem?

Who gets bullied?

What are some warning signs that a child is being bullied?

What can I do if my child is being bullied?

What can I do if my child bullies others?

How can I best work with my child's school to address bullying?

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Facts for Families

AACAP's Facts for Families provide concise up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families.

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Children Online

Children's Threats: When Are They Serious?

Children With Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Conduct Disorder


The Depressed Child

Helping Teenagers with Stress

Children and Social Networking

Understanding Violent Behavior In Children And Adolescents

When To Seek Help For Your Child

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Getting Help

Bullying Resource Center ImageBullying is a complex problem that can involve not only your child, but also the staff and faculty of your child's school. Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists are trained to look out for signs that your child is the victim of bullying. If you are a concerned parent, they can help you take the proper plan of action to make sure your child gets all the support he or she needs to stay resilient and confident. Click here to find out about AACAP's various advocacy efforts.

Click here to find out what is going on in your state around anti-bullying legislation.

Services in School for Children With Special Needs

When to Seek Help

Where to Find Help

Understanding Your Mental Health Insurance

Related Websites


Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center

California Department of Education, Bullying



Schools in Transition

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