Youth violence can take the form of bullying, sexual harassment, gang involvement or violence caused by drug or alcohol use. Bullying, perhaps the most common form of violence that youth experience, can be physical actions, words and social exclusion. Bullying is a repeated pattern of behavior intended to hurt the target. Both boys and girls engage in bullying behavior. Cyber bullying, using technology to bully, can spread the harm across the school, state or nation.
When bullying is identified, the earlier the better, students, family members and school staff can respond in the following ways:
Helping children and youth learn and practice kindness, caring and politeness can prevent or reduce bullying. Making students who bully accountable by making amends and doing community service can be more useful in changing behavior than just using punishment.