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bullying

BULLYING DEFINITION 

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:

*An Imbalance of Power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.

*Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Online resources:
Book resources for Pre-S/Pre-K: One and Zero by Kathryn Otoshi, Stick and Stone, Llama, Llama and the Bully Goat
Book resources for K-2: The Juice Box Bully, Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon, The Invisible Boy, The Recess Queen
Book resources for 3-5: Confessions of a Former Bully, Don’t Laugh at Me (Picture book, but may provide helpful content for older kids to explore), Out of My Mind