• Bullying hurts everyone involved - kids who are getting bullied, kids who are doing the bullying, and kids who are watching the bullying.  In bullying situations, no one wins.
  • Kids and adults need to learn that bullying is never acceptable.  No one deserves to be bullied.
  • Bullying doesn't have to happen - there are ways to prevent it and stop it.
  • Kids who watch bullying happen have the power to stop it.
  • Kids who are getting bullied can learn strategies to help them stand up or get help in the face of the bullying.
  • Kids doing the bullying can learn how to stop.  They can learn strategies to resolve problems, gain respect, and treat others with respect.
  • Kids and adults working together can act to prevent and stop bullying.

Bullying Defined

Bullying is different from conflicts, fights, or disagreements.  Bullying is physical or emotional abuse that has three defining characteristics:

1. It's on purpose

2. It happens over and over again

3. It's an abuse of power

Inflicting physical or emotional harm is never acceptable. But it's not bullying unless it meets three criteria: It's on purpose, it happens over and over again, and it's an abuse of power.

Did You Know...

  • 4 out of 10 middle school kids in Massachusetts are involved in bullying - either by being bullied or by bullying others
  • Many other kids experience bullying by watching it take place
  • Bullying impacts almost everyone

4 Types of Bullying

Anti-Bullying Toolkit

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