Bullying Prevention Resources Committee for Children is dedicated to promoting the safety, well-being, and success of children in school and in life. The goal of this page is to empower kids and the adults around them with information and resources to help them understand what bullying is, who is affected by it, and what you and your community can do to prevent it. What is Bullying? Bullying is intentional negative behavior that is repeated and involves an imbalance of social or physical power. Who Is Affected? Students who are bullied can suffer negative effects that last into adulthood, including depression, anxiety, sadness, and loneliness. Children who bully are at higher risk for a wide range of problems, including abusing alcohol and other drugs, getting into fights, and doing poorly academically. Bystanders and witnesses to bullying are more likely to experience increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs; have mental health problems; and miss or skip school. How to Prevent It Schools are uniquely positioned to prevent bullying, and effective prevention requires a multi-pronged effort. They need to have appropriate policies and procedures in place and know the right way to work with students who are involved in bullying incidents. Another critically important part of tackling the problem is focusing on developing children’s social-emotional skills. These skills enable children to be socially competent citizens within the school environment and help build a positive school climate. Attention to these skills supports the development of healthier, happier children who are ready to learn and contribute to a safer environment. Parents and Guardians What Parents Should Know About Bullying: A Two-Part Article Bullying includes behaviors such as hitting, teasing, taunting, spreading rumors and gossip, stealing, and excluding someone from a group. Bullying actions are carried out on purpose with the intent to harm someone. Read Part 1 | Read Part 2 Make Conversation a Daily Habit We recently partnered with Seattle Seahawks Wide Receiver Doug Baldwin and La-Z-Boy to help stop bullying and share some tips with parents. A Discussion with Sesame Workshop We partnered with Sesame Workshop—the producers of Sesame Street—to prevent bullying. Watch this five-part series to learn more about bullying, its effects, and what to do. Clients and Educators Bullying Prevention Unit Research shows that feeling unsafe at school affects a student’s ability to learn, focus, and take academic risks. Our Second Step Bullying Prevention Unit is taught in conjunction with the Second Step Program in classrooms across the country. Learn more. Share Your Success Stories Have you integrated our Bullying Prevention Unit into your Second Step Program? If so, and you’ve seen results, we’d like to hear your story! Email us at email@example.com, and we may feature your story online, in newsletters, or in printed materials! Policy and Advocacy Committee for Children is Taking Action to Promote Child Well-Being Fueled by our mission, we are advocates for change. We collaborate with lawmakers from around the country and support laws and policies that strengthen children’s well-being. We work to promote social-emotional learning, prevent violence, and reduce disproportionality, and influence state and federal laws, where we’re constantly pushing for positive change for children. Read more. Read about our Joint Advocacy Efforts Stay informed with our Policy Newsletters Read our latest policy paper Bullying Prevention in the Technology Age Policies, practices, programs, and legislative changes that can address the prevention of bullying and cyber bullying and the myriad of negative outcomes associated with each. Not All Mean Behaviors Are Bullying Unlike regular conflicts, bullying is unfair and one-sided. It’s when someone keeps being mean to someone else on purpose, and the person it’s happening to hasn’t been able to make it stop. Bullying Doesn’t Always Involve Physical Aggression Other forms of bullying include verbal insults, teasing, gossiping, and social exclusion; all of which can happen both in person and electronically (cyber bullying). Bullying Isn't Just “Kids Being Kids” Although it’s normal for kids to have conflicts and to like some kids more than others, bullying others is hurtful and should not be accepted. Fighting Back Isn't the Best Solution to Bullying Fighting back continues the cycle of violence without addressing the underlying problems. The key is to build a positive social environment where bullying isn't tolerated. “Bully” Is a Verb, Not a Noun Despite the common myth of “once a bully, always a bully,” bullying is a social behavior caused by a range of influences that often go beyond the individual. It’s important to label the behavior, not the child.