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Bullies, Victims and Bystanders: What You Can Do to Reduce Bullying Among Young Children

Marjorie Kostelnik, Ph.D.Dean, College of Education and Human Sciences

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2016 Bullying Prevention Conference
Identifying & Intervening in Early Childhood

Bullying prevention begins with early identification and intervention. Understanding bullying dynamics in early childhood empowers entire communities and helps ensure more secure, successful futures.

The 2016 Bullying Prevention Conference was held June 13 at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s Nebraska Innovation Campus, where presenters:
  • Identified the difference between harmless or hostile behavior in early childhood
  • Shared evidence-based interventions to prevent bullying behavior in young children
  • Facilitated connections among parents, teachers, policymakers and researchers
  • Provided interactive workshops on topics including:
    • Bullying prevention in preschool
    • The importance of play with young children
    • How to structure nurturing environments for young children
    • Understanding children’s temperament
The 2016 Bullying Prevention Conference was free and open to the public. It was hosted by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln's College of Education and Human Sciences, the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, and the Bullying Research Network, which aims to support research related to child and school bullying. This was the sixth annual BRNET public conference, which began at UNL in 2011. Previous BRNET conference hosts include the University of Virginia, the University of California-Santa Barbara, the University of British Columbia and Boston University.