Recent incidents of school violence demonstrate that bullying can have tragic consequences for individuals, families, schools and entire communities. Bullying is painful, lasting and related to low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, anger, and other mental and physical health problems. Because of the increased risk of suicide associated with bullying--for victims and perpetrators alike--open dialogue and support are crucial in ensuring safety for our children and teenagers.
Bullying is aggressive behavior. It occurs when a child is targeted by one or more youth with repeated negative actions over a period of time. These are intentional attempts to cause discomfort or injury and can include name-calling, obscene gesturing, malicious teasing, exclusion, threats, rumors, physical hitting, kicking, pushing and choking. Cyber-bullying is also a real and growing problem today. Make no mistake: bullying of any kind is a form of violence that should not be tolerated.
See the Scope of the Problem
Spot the Bullies
Know Their Targets
Take Steps to Stop It Checklist
You can find more helpful information about bullying at http://www.stopbullying.gov/.
Check out this online Guide to Bullying and Cyberbullying.
 Bradshaw, C.P., Sawyer, A.L., & O’Brennan, L.M. (2007). Bullying and peer victimization at school: Perceptual differences between students and school staff. School Psychology Review, 36 (3), 361-382.
 National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement , 2008–2009
 http://www.education.com/reference/article/why-kids-do-not-report-bullying/, 2009
 http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/factors/index.html#morelikely, 2014
 http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/yv-datasheet-a.pdf, 2011 data
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