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Bullying

Bullying behavior is not just a “phase” that children go through: it is a serious problem that can happen anywhere – in schools, online, even at work.

Research & Statistics

  • The Connecticut School Health Surveyhe Connecticut School Health Survey (CSHS) is comprised of the Youth Tobacco Component (YTC) (PDF) and the Youth Behavior Component (YBC) (PDF). These two school surveys have been co-administered since 2005. The YTC is a school-based survey of students in grades 6 - 12, with randomly chosen classrooms within selected schools, and is anonymous and confidential. The YBC is also a school-based survey of students, but only of high-school grades 9 - 12 and it, too, is anonymous and confidential.

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Bullying behavior is not just a “phase” that children go through: it is a serious problem that can happen anywhere – in schools, online, even at work. Bullying occurs when a person or group of people repeatedly try to harm someone perceived to be “weaker” or “different”.

Bullying behavior can take many forms:

    • Verbal: involving name-calling, teasing
    • Social: by excluding someone, spreading rumors, breaking off friendships
    • Physical: hitting, shoving, punching, etc.
    • Cyberbullying: using various forms of digital technology to hurt others

Take action against bullying behavior:
    • Help the victim develop strategies for handling bullies
    • Document incidents of bullying 
    • Report bullying to school officials or workplace supervisors/human resources staff
    • Seek advice from counselors, health professionals, or Employee Assistance Programs

Sources: Stopbullying.gov and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention