In order to empower youth to create a kinder and braver world, we must
begin by making sure that youth are safe. Youth are not safe when they
are being bullied, harassed, or threatened. Thus, one of the first
things that we must do to help youth be safe is combat the culture of
meanness and cruelty that is at the root of bullying, peer violence, and abuse. Bullying is a systems problem and many well-intended people
don’t realize the complexity of the issue. This document contains
research-driven elements of bullying that should ground any discussion
of how to address this complex issue.