Preventing Bullying In Early Childhood

Bullying behaviors emerge in early childhood. Early childhood educators play a critical role in determining whether bullying develops and escalates, or whether it is stopped and prevented. All of us who interact with young children can take steps to teach them the skills they need to avoid bullying altogether.

If you don’t know that bullying happens among young children, you won’t see it or stop it. If you don’t stop bullying, it will grow and spread. When concerned adults are prepared, they can nip bullying in the bud.

Find out how to prevent and stop bullying in early childhood:
• Understand how bullying develops in early childhood
• Use activities to help children develop the social skills to prevent and stop bullying
• Learn how to take advantage of teachable moments
• Develop an action plan for intervention

National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence: