Who is most at risk with bullying?


Whilst no single factor puts a child or young person at risk of being bullied or bullying others, bullying can occur anywhere—cities, suburbs, or rural towns in and around the school grounds, school bus and on the way to and from school whilst walking. Depending on the environment, some groups—such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT) youthyouth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth; different minority ethnic groups—may be at an increased risk of being bullied.


Children/Young People at Risk of Being Bullied 


Generally, children and young people who are bullied tend to be at risk for one or more of the following factors:


  • Are perceived as different from their peers, such as being overweight or underweight, wearing glasses or different clothing, being new to a school, or being unable to afford what kids consider “cool”
  • Are perceived as weak or unable to defend themselves
  • Are depressed, anxious, or have low self esteem
  • Are less popular than others and have few friends
  • Do not get along well with others, seen as annoying or provoking, or antagonize others for attention


However, even if a child/young person has these risk factors, it does not necessarily mean that they will be bullied, the support mechanisms and socio-economic environment play a large role in tendencies for bullying too.