Those who are at risk of being bullied may have one or more risk factors1,2,3:
- Are seen as different from their peers (e.g., overweight, underweight, wear their hair differently, wear different clothing or wear glasses, or come from a different race/ethnicity)
- Are seen as weak or not able to defend themselves
- Are depressed, anxious, or have low self-esteem
- Have few friends or are less popular
- Do not socialize well with others
- Suffer from an intellectual or developmental disability
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Who is at risk? Risk factors. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/factors/index.html [top]
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). Who is at risk? Considerations for specific groups. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/groups/index.html [top]
- American Academy of Pediatrics. (2006). Teasing and bullying of obese and overweight children: How parents can help. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/obesity/Pages/Teasing-and-Bullying.aspx [top]
Who is affected and how many are at risk for bullying?
What are common signs of being bullied?
How does bullying affect health and well-being?
Are there risk factors for being bullied?
What can be done to help someone who is being bullied?