Bullying is likely to occur wherever large numbers of children congregate, and in most cases, this means the school (or lately, in cyberspace). It also tends to thrive wherever there is the least amount of structure and adult supervision. (Seale, 2004; Smith, 2010) This tends to make common areas in and around the school prime spots for bullying, and it tends to occur before and after school or during intermission periods.
Bullying specialist Malcolm Smith, Ph.D., writes that "in schools, bullying often occurs in bathrooms, playgrounds, lunch rooms and right after school, on the bus and on the playground. In communities it can happen anywhere where children and teens aren't supervised, including cyberspace, but it is more likely to occur at school than anywhere else." (Smith, 2010, p. 6) Another specialist, Allison Seale, reports a similar finding: “Most incidents tend to occur on the playground, in bathrooms, locker rooms, cafeterias, hallways, at bus stops and on the school bus.” (Seale, 2004, p. 10)