Kids who are bullied and bully others may have serious problems.
Bullying is an unwanted, aggressive behavior among school children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance.
It has the potential to be repeated, over time. Kids who are bullied and bully others may have serious problems.
It can happen during or after school hours. The most reported act of bullying happens in the school building but a significant percentage also happens in places like on the bus, on the playground, in the neighborhood, traveling to and from the school or on the internet.
How do we know if it the act is bullying already?
Here are some characteristics to be considered bullying. Aside from the behavior must be aggressive, it must also include:
- An Imbalance of Power: it is when the kids use their power such as physical strength to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.
- Repetition: when bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.
- Actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.