Getting Started

The Boston vs. Bullies curriculum provides a proactive approach that teaches kids strategies on how to stand up to bullying. 

The 33-minute video features all star athletes from Boston’s professional sports teams sharing their stories and providing kids with ways to stand strong against bullying.

Housed on Levels 5 and 6 of the TD Garden, we have more than a half-mile of exhibits celebrating sports in Boston (and beyond). 

What You Need to Know About Bullying

  • Bullying hurts everyone involved – kids who are getting bullied, kids who are doing the bullying, and kids who are watching the bullying. In bullying situations, no one wins.
  • Kids and adults need to learn that bullying is never acceptable.
  • No one deserves to be bullied.
  • Kids doing the bullying can learn how to stop. They can learn strategies to resolve problems, gain respect, and treat others with respect.
  • Kids who are getting bullied can learn strategies to help them stand up or get help in the face of the bullying.
  • Kids who watch bullying happen have the power to stop it.
  • Kids involved with cyberbullying can learn strategies to make it stop.
  • Kids and adults working together can act to prevent and stop bullying.

Bullying Defined

Bullying is different from conflicts, fights, or disagreements. Bullying is physical or emotional abuse that has three defining characteristics:

  1. It’s on purpose
  2. It happens over and over again
  3. It’s an abuse of power

Inflicting physical or emotional harm is never acceptable. But it’s not bullying unless it meets three criteria: It’s on purpose, it happens over and over again, and it’s an abuse of power.

4 Types of Bullying

Beating Up
Name Calling
Spreading rumors
Getting others to turn against someone
Sending or posting hurtful, embarrassing, or threatening text or images using electronic technology

Did You Know…

  • If kids continue to bully, they are most likely to: drop out of school, be convicted of a crime, and have trouble with relationships
  • 3 out of every 10 kids report being a victim of bullying
  • Many other kids experience bullying by watching it take place
  • Cyberbullying can cause a lot of damage by reaching many kids very quickly

Facilitator's Guide

This guide helps teachers and other adults work with kids to stop bullying in our community.

It includes key bullying prevention information and strategies that every kid needs to know to stand strong against bullying. It features interactive activities to help kids develop and practice the skills they need to effectively prevent and stop bullying. The guide is especially designed for teachers, youth leaders, after school program staff, parents, and caregivers of upper elementary and middle school students.

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