Bullying is so common that almost everyone has been a target - or an offender - at some point. But that doesn't make it OK. It's important to understand bullying, how to cope with it, and how to help someone who is being excluded or picked on.

Check out our info on how to stand up to bullying, deal with cliques, and manage peer pressure.

Neil Izenberg, MD
Editor-in-Chief/Founder
KidsHealth.org



for Parents

Helping Kids Deal With Bullies

Unfortunately, bullying is a common part of childhood. But parents can help kids cope with it and lessen its lasting impact.

Helping Kids Cope With Cliques

With cliques prevalent in middle and high school, most kids encounter them at some point. Here's how parents can help kids maintain confidence and self-respect while negotiating cliques.

Cyberbullying

Through cell phone texts, emails, and social media sites, bullies can torment their victims 24 hours a day. Here's what to watch for and how to help.

Teens Talk About Bullying (Video)

Hear from teens who've been bullied - and what they did about it.

Teaching Kids Not to Bully

It's shocking for parents to learn that their child has gotten in trouble for picking on others or been labeled a bully. But it's also important to intervene to stop the behavior.




for Teens


Dealing With Bullying

Bullying has everyone worried, not just the people on its receiving end. Learn about dealing with bullies, including tips on how to stand up for yourself or a friend.

Sexual Harassment and Sexual Bullying

Just like other kinds of bullying, sexual bullying is intended to hurt, offend, or intimidate another person. Find out how to recognize sexual bullying and harassment and what to do.

Coping With Cliques

Are you on the outside looking in or the inside wanting out? Find out how to deal with cliques in this article for teens.

I Bullied Someone. How Can I Apologize?

Were you the bully and not the target? Our experts have advice on how to make it right.

Peer Pressure

Responding to peer pressure is part of human nature - but some people are more likely to give in, and others are better able to resist and stand their ground. Find out how to make the right choices for you.

Cyberbullying

Using technology to bully is a problem that's on the rise. The good news is awareness of how to prevent cyberbullying is growing even faster. See our tips on what to do.



for Kids


Dealing With Bullies

No one likes a bully. Find out how to handle them in this article for kids.

How Do I Help a Kid Who's Bullied?

Being bullied stinks. But what if you see it happening to someone else? You can help. Find out how.

What Kids Say About: Bullying

If you have been bullied, you know how bad it feels. But you might not know how many other kids have felt exactly the same way.

Dealing With Peer Pressure

Did you ever feel like another kid was trying to get you to do something you didn't want to do? If so, you've felt peer pressure. Find out more.

How Cliques Make Kids Feel Left Out

A clique is a group of kids who hang out together. It's kind of like a club. The trouble is, the leaders of a clique won't let everyone join. Find out how to handle cliques in this article for kids.

Should You Fight a Bully?

There are usually better, smarter choices than fighting if you are dealing with a bully.