Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that is repeated or has the potential to be repeated over time. It often involves a power imbalance – either real or perceived – and can be very overt such as hitting and fighting, or covert as in the cases of exclusion and gossip. Regardless of the form it takes, bullying can lead to lasting and significant harm to both the victim and the bully.
Nationally, an estimated 160,000 students miss school every day from fear of being bullied. Over 19,000 kids attempt suicide because of bullying each year. 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. Below is a list of resources that offer a wide range of information on bullying spanning from statistics to what you can do. While bullying is common, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE! Through awareness and common dialogue, we can work together to eliminate bullying in our community.
It’s My Life is an interactive website addressing all kinds of Middle School-age topics including bullying.
Courage to Care is an evidence-based curriculum for middle school students, designed to increase empathy and care for others, and reduce bullying and meanness.
UNH Cooperative Extension offers the following resources to help combat bullying:
Massachusetts Agression Reduction Center (MARC) at Bridgewater State University offers academic-based research and resources about bullying, cyberbullying and internet safety.
StopBullying.gov is a website managed by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
The American Psychological Association is a respected resource on a multitude of topics including bullying.