This booklet provides information on one of the most common and underrated problems of childhood--bullying. A study has shown that 15 to 20% of children are involved in bullying once or twice during a school year either as the bullying person or as the victim. The booklet reviews recent research on bullying, discussing who bullies and why, whom they target and why, and outlines the immediate and long-term effects of bullying on perpetrators, victims, the audience, and society. Some low-cost and no-cost action steps are suggested to help caring communities, schools, parents, and even other students or siblings reduce bullying behaviors and build a caring culture. Examples of programs successful in other countries are provide. Age appropriate reproducible information and action steps are included for distribution to youth and concerned adults.
Author: Katherine J. Kocs