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Bullying is a widespread problem among children. This entry examines its prevalence and offers an overview of some of the definitions developed and discussed by researchers working within childhood studies. It takes into account the perspectives of practitioners trying to implement researchers’ understandings of bullying in their work in schools and other institutions for children and explores both bystander behavior and some known interventions.

The Prevalence of Bullying

Approximately 12% of boys and 10% of girls, aged 11 years old, surveyed in the World Health Organization’s 2016 Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children study, reported being bullied at school at least two or three times a month in the months leading up to the study. The study also found that incidences of bullying generally decreased as age ...

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