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The Bully Test: Know the difference between RUDE, MEAN and BULLYING

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It's important to first understand the different levels of hurtful behavior. Trudy Ludwig, an author of several books on bullying, offers up spot-on descriptions.


  • When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that's RUDE.
  • When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that's MEAN.
  • When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it—even when you tell them to stop or show them that you're upset—that's BULLYING.


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