Bullying has become a tidal wave of epic proportions. Although bullying was once considered a rite of passage, parents, educators, and community leaders now see bullying as a devastating form of abuse that can have long-term effects on youthful victims, robbing them of self-esteem, isolating them from their peers, causing them to drop out of school, and even prompting health problems and suicide.
A recent study by the Family and Work Institute reported that one-third of youth are bullied at least once a month, while others say six out of 10 American teens witness bullying at least once a day. Witnessing bullying can be harmful, too, as it may make the witness feel helpless – or that he or she is the next target.
Children who are bullied are often singled out because of a perceived difference between them and others, whether because of appearance (size, weight, or clothes), intellect, or, increasingly, ethnic or religious affiliation and sexual orientation.
And bullying can be a gateway behavior, teaching the perpetrator that threats and aggression are acceptable even in adulthood. In one study by Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, nearly 60 percent of boys whom researchers classified as bullies in grades six to nine were convicted of at least one crime by the age of 24, while 40 percent had three or more convictions.
Information about Bullying
What Parents Can Do
Advice for parents and adults dealing with bullying
Teaching Kids About Bullying
Information and lesson plans adults can use to teach kids about bullying
Girls and Bullying
Tips for parents on dealing with the problem of bullying between girls
Advice for Kids
Advice for kids on McGruff.org
Techniques that adults can use to reduce bullying
Training on Bullying
Bullying and Intimidation
Professional training from NCPC for youth and adults on managing bullying situations
Publications and Products on Bullying
Positive Change Through Policy
This online guide features examples of policies that create safer communities.
Programs on Bullying
Be Safe and Sound in School
The Be Safe and Sound in School program aims to improve the safety and security of our nation’s schools by mobilizing parents, school administrators, elected officials, policymakers, and students to take action on the issue of school safety and security.
Downloadable Resources on Bullying
21st Century Bullying – Crueler Than Ever – 121.9 kB
A reproducible brochure from the 2009-2010 Crime Prevention Month Kit
Bullies: A Serious Problem for Kids – 825.4 kB
A reproducible brochure about the causes of bullying and how to stop it
Bullying: What’s New and What To Do – 1.0 MB
This presentation helps participants identify and understand various bullying behaviors, the scope of the bullying problem, who bullies, the warning signs that…
Circle of Respect Podcast with Rosalind Wiseman – 43.0 MB
NCPC’s Robin Young speaks with author Rosalind Wiseman about her new edition of Queen Bees and Wannabees and the issues of bullying and cyberbullying.
Circle of Respect Podcast with Deborah Norville – 23.1 MB
NCPC’s Joselle Shea speaks with author Deborah Norville about her book and the issue of respect.