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October is Bullying Prevention Month

10/05/2016, 11:15pm CDT
By Kim O'Shea, USA Fencing Safe Sport Coordinator


Rude = Inadvertently saying or doing something that hurts someone else.

Mean = Purposefully saying or doing something to hurt someone once (or maybe twice). *Has to do with intention*

Bullying = Intentionally aggressive behavior, repeated over time, that involves an imbalance of power.  *Intent to harm, a power imbalance, and repeated acts or threats of aggressive behavior.*







Once or twice


Not planned; in the heat of the moment

Spontaneous, unintentional


Is planned and done on purpose

All parties are upset

Can cause hurt feelings, upset

Can hurt others deeply

The target of the bullying is upset

All parties want to work things out

Based in thoughtlessness, poor manners or narcissism

Based in anger; impulsive cruelty

The bully is trying to gain control over the target

All parties will accept responsibility

Rude person accepts responsibility

Behavior often regretted

The bully blames the target

An effort is made by all parties to solve the problem



The target want to stop the bully’s behavior, the bully does not

Can be resolved through mediation

Social skill building could be of benefit

Needs to be addressed/should NOT be ignored

CANNOT be resolved through mediation.


Source:  Jennifer Astles, DASA Newsletter, January 2014, TST BOCES

What if your child is the one doing the bullying?

Babble is partnering with Pacer Center to help parents understand and navigate the needs of children with mental health and behavior issues. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, which was initiated by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006. To help spread awareness about bullying prevention, we’re talking about what to do if your child is the one doing the bullying.

What’s in your Club’s toolkit?

National Child Abuse Hotline:  1-800-4-A-CHILD  (1-800-422-4453) :  Bullying Prevention  Protecting Children, Strengthening Families :  Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse :  Stop Abuse in Sport :  Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse :  Champions for Children with Disabilities

Join the movement! The End of Bullying Begins with Me: that’s the message during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month in October. It’s a time when communities can unite nationwide to raise awareness of bullying prevention through events, activities, outreach, and education. Resources from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action.

PACER created the campaign in 2006 with a one-week event which has now evolved into a month-long effort that encourages everyone to take an active role in the bullying prevention movement. PACER offers a variety of resources to use during October — and throughout the year — to inspire, educate and involve others to join the movement and prevent bullying where you live. Check out all of the different events and activities and make plans to get involved. Remember, the End of Bullying Begins With You!

Show Your Support

  • Register your school or organization as a Champion Against Bullying
  • Add your name to the digital “The End of Bullying Begins With Me” petition
  • Sign up for the Bullying Prevention Newsletter
  • Talk in your community about bullying prevention and local activities.

*PACER:  Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights

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