Today The Hannah Perkins Center for Child Development  is hosting a FREE webcast on bullying behaviors and how to identify behaviors in preschool children that -without intervention- may lead to bullying in the future. To join our free webcast, please click here and register for the event.

Bullying is a very real problem- nearly 1/3 of all schoolchildren experience bullying at one point or another.  It leads to dropping out of school, poor class performance, depression, and in very serious cases – suicide.  (nobullying.com).  We need to identify and head off bullying before it even starts.

Early childhood often marks the first opportunity for young children to interact with each other. Between the ages of 3 and 5, kids are learning how to get along with each other, cooperate, share, and understand their feelings. Young children may be aggressive and act out when they are angry or don’t get what they want, but this is not bullying. Bullying starts when these young children grow older and become aggressors.

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