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illy calls Henry names and threatens him. Sam repeatedly takes things from Jake and trips him. Emma and her friends exclude Patty fromtheir club. Years ago, such behaviors as these (drawn from the NoBullies Allowed! series) might have elicited weak admonishments at best tothe bullies. In fact, adults may have dismissed such behaviors, believing thatbullying had to involve a physical attack of some kind, such as punchingor kicking. One study found that teachers intervened in only 4 percent of bullying incidents on playgrounds (Craig & Pepler, 1997). Yet research showsthat “as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10 percent are bullied on a regular basis” (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry[AACAP], 2001).Research shows that the impact of bullying is significant:
Being bullied can interfere with a child’s social and emotionaldevelopment (AACAP,2001).
It affects school performance (National Education Association [NEA], 1999;as cited in Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA], 2003).
Can lead to depression, anxiety, loneliness, and thoughts about suicide(Limber, 2002; Olweus, 1993; as cited in HRSA, 2003). As for the children who are bullying, they are more likely than their peerswho don’tbully to skip school and drop out of school. They arealso morelikely to smoke, drink alcohol, vandalize property, and get into fights (Nansel,etal., 2001, 2003; Olweus, 1993; as cited in HRSA, 2003). Bullying extendsbeyond those bullying and being bullied to affect other students, and createsaclimate of fear and disrespect, which negatively impacts learning (NEA,2003; as cited in HRSA).To effectively deal with this widespread problem, schools benefit fromdeveloping comprehensive bullying prevention and intervention programsstarting in the early grades. Classroom activities are a necessary piece of suchaprogram, and the
Bully-Proof Your Classroom Teaching Kit
is designed tosupport those efforts to create safe classroom communities.
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