Home / Teen / Violence & BullyingBullying What is bullying?Bullying is when someone makes another person feel bad. Bullies can hurt or threaten other people through actions and words. What should I do if someone is bullying me?Tell someone so they can help you. That someone can be any adult that you trust – parents, teachers, police officers, doctors, therapists. Contact us to learn more about how to overcome bullying in your life. If you feel like you need immediate help, call the Centerstone Crisis Line nearest you. What should I do if someone is bullying someone else?Take action. If you see bullying happening, it’s your responsibility to stop it. Tell someone so they can help you – parents, teachers, police officers, doctors, therapists. Never confront a bully by yourself. If you see someone being picked on, get an adult—maybe even a police officer—involved. refuse to join in speak up – let bullies know what they are doing is not funny if possible, get a responsible adult to come immediately go to the person being picked on and help them leave the situation help the victim find an adult to talk toWhat is a bully?A bully is someone who:hurts other people to get their wayfeels good about making other people feel badlywants to control other people by making them feel badly What kinds of bullying are there?physical bullying – this means hurting someone’s body and includes things like:hitting and punchingkicking and trippingpushingemotional bullying – this means hurting someone’s feelings and includes things like:name-callingteasinglaughing at someonemaking fun of someonethreateningignoring and lyingcyberbullying – this means hurting someone using your computer or phone and includes things like:social mediavideostextingpicturesWhy do people bully?because bullies don’t know how else to control themselves or express themselvesbecause bullies think that bullying is the only or best optionbecause bullies don’t like people that are different than themselvesthis might be because bullies are scared of different kinds of peoplethis might be because bullies don’t understand different kinds of peoplebecause bullies want something that they can’t have without bullying, things like:other people’s stuffattentionsexual contactpowerrespect from other bulliesbecause they are or were bullied by other bullies What impact do bullies have?People who bully and people who are bullied are at more likely to use drugs and alcohol, have problems in school or at work, and become involved with violence later in life. Bullies and victims of bullying are also more likely to suffer from issues with mental health later in life.Being a teenager is hard. That’s why we have answers to a lot of common questions that teens might have – about mental health, drugs and alcohol, sex and relationships, social media and internet safety, bullying and more on our TEEN PAGE.If you are a teen or parent in crisis, call the Centerstone Crisis Line nearest you now.