Bullying

Everything you need to know about preventing and handling bullying.

When you see harassment happen, you can’t just assume someone else will step in. But how can you safely enter a menacing situation? Great news: Being a hero is not as scary as it seems.

Throwing shade may be a new favorite sport in the celeb world— but how do you deal when you’re the target of this subtle form of spite? We tell you how to spot it and how to stop it.

Somehow it has become totally normal to nitpick how everyone (celebs, our BFFs, even ourselves) looks in swimsuits and selfies. Are you part of the body-shaming trend?

Nasty fake profiles, scathing sub-tweets, embarrassing snapchats—you know what digital drama is, but do you know how you can get sucked in? Read about four different types of online bullies—and make sure you don’t become one of them. 

Nearly 150,000 kids in the U.S., ages 6 to 17, have been diagnosed with Tourette syndrome, a nervous-system disorder. Matt, 14, is one of them.

Fewer than 5 out of every 100,000 people in the U.S. are born with this rare genetic disorder. Elizabeth, 16, is one of them.

What happens when tradition becomes torture? It’s called hazing—and even the nicest kids can be guilty of it.

Acting like a jerk is one thing, being cruel is another. Knowing the difference matters.

Bullying is... a repeated pattern of harmful or rejecting behavior that occurs over a period of time, leaving you feeling excluded, isolated, or humiliated on a large scale. Your life feels seriously interrupted, and you can’t see an end in sight.

Drama is... the everyday difficulties that all teenagers experience, including relationship rifts with friends or people you’re dating, onetime instances of classmates being jerks, and conflicts that eventually blow over. People involved aren’t victims or perpetrators—they’re just part of the social world where mean things sometimes happen.

About 1 in 88 kids in the U.S. are autistic. Their siblings are growing up right alongside them. Henry, 17, wants to tell you what that’s like.

Kennedy Rose has a rare disease. But the 17-year-old high school senior isn’t about to let that define her or slow her down.