6 Ways to Protect Preschoolers and Kindergarteners from Bullying

By Laura D. Hanish and Kristen Granger
Bullying Special Edition Contributor

Preschool and kindergarten have long been considered a home away from home for young kids—from learning the alphabet to sharing blocks, the last thing you’d expect to find among such a young group is bullying.

However, young children may participate in bullying—as victims or perpetrators—even more often than older kids. Between the ages of 3 and 5, children are still learning a great deal about how to get along with others—and they’re less experienced in solving the problems that arise when playing with others. Thus, they’ll use aggression to solve problems, rather than more effective ways of conflict resolution.

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