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Further, victims of bullying only report it to school adults one-third of the time, usually when the bullying is being suffered repeatedly or has caused injury.
Parents tend to be aware their child is being bullied only about half the time.
The aggression that is involved in bullying is thought to interfere with the empathy needed to refrain from bullying others.
About 10%-14% of children have been the victim of bullying for more than six months.
Many non-victimized bullies are thought of as bi-strategic controllers, using both prosocial actions (for example, likeability and popularity) and negative actions (for example, intimidating or coercing others) to engage in these hurtful behaviors toward others.
Bullies who have been the victim of bullying themselves (bully/victims) tend to be more aggressive than bullies who have never been a victim of bullying.
While state laws have little consistency in their definition of bullying, the accepted definition by many mental health professionals is physical or verbal aggression that is repeated over a period of time and involves an imbalance of power.
It is further characterized by the bully repeatedly using the higher social status they have over the victim to exert power and to hurt the victim. "Are proactive and reactive aggression meaningful distinctions in adolescents?
Most victims of cyberbullying have also been victims of school bullying.