Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others.
Fact: Bullying is a serious problem in our schools and in our communities.
Fact: Young people who are scared, have increased trouble learning.
Fact: Bullying occurs in school playgrounds every 7 minutes and once every 25 minutes in class (Pepler et al., 1997)
Fact: Bullying usually involves bystanders who give the bully power by not acting, by silently watching or even encouraging the bully. 85% of bullying episodes occur in the context of a peer group (Atlas and Pepler, 1997, Craig and Pepler, 1997).
Fact: Bullying stops in less than 10 seconds, most of the time when peers intervene on behalf of the victim (Pepler et al., 1997). Intervene does NOT mean taking on or trying to confront or fight the bully, but rather, befriending the victim, ignoring the bully, talking and walking away with the victim.