What is Bullying?
Bullying is unwanted, aggressive, intentional behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.
What can community members do to address, or prevent bullying behaviors?
Local and national resources on bullying prevention are limited. It is for this reason that the ACC’s work is so vital. The hope is to build a baseline of resources and strategies for community members and local leaders.
Below are a handful of additional resources that may serve as a helpful starting point:
Anchorage Collaborative Coalitions has compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help understand bullying, as well as the chosen approach of the coalitions.
This site brings together bullying prevention resources from a number of government entities.
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center was founded in 2006. PACER sees the negative impact that bullying can have on mental health, safety, and education, and is working to provide resources to prevent bullying behaviors.
The National Parent Teacher Association has a program called Connect for Respect (C4R). C4R aims to prevent bullying behavior by creating a safe and positive school environment.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides access to research on bullying and bullying prevention, as well as other useful resources.