Why do children bully?
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Why do children bully?

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students-bullyingThere are all kinds of reasons why young people bully others, either occasionally or often. Do any of these sound familiar ?

     ...because you/he/she/they did it to me!
     ...because I see others doing it!
     ...because it's what you do if you want to hang out with the right crowd.
     ...because it makes me feel, stronger, smarter, or better than the person I'm bullying.
     ...because it's one of the best ways to keep others from bullying me.

Whatever the reason, bullying is something we all need to think about. Whether we've done it ourselves ... or whether friends or other people we know are doing it.

It needs to be first, recognised and secondly, loudly stated that bullying is wrong. Bullying has a terrible effect on the lives of young people and while it may not be happening to you today, but it could tomorrow.

Working together, the lives of young people can, and must be, protected and improved.

While constitutional factors play a part in aggressive behaviour, it is recognised that factors within the home, school and wider society influence the development of aggressive behaviour.

If aggressive behaviour is not challenged in childhood, there is a danger that it may become habitual. Indeed, there is research evidence, to indicate that bullying during childhood puts children at risk of criminal behaviour and domestic violence in adulthood.

Factors which contribute to aggressive behaviour in the home are...

Lack of love and care.
Too much freedom.
Inconsistent discipline.
Permissive management of aggressive behaviour.
Violent emotional outbursts on part of adults.
Excessive physical punishment.

Factors which contribute to aggression in school are...

Inconsistent and inflexible rules.
Poor staff morale.
Inadequate supervision.
Punishment that is too harsh, abusive or humiliating
Few incentives and rewards for positive behaviour.
A curriculum that affords few feelings of success and achievement.

Other factors in wider society include violence portrayed on cinema screens and on television. Research suggests that children who constantly view violence on TV and video develop more aggressive tendencies and less empathy with victims of aggression. This is especially true of children who experience violence in their home and their neighbourhood as part and parcel of their daily lives.

Click on the button below for a paper that debunks 10 common myths about bullying when compared to actual research findings.

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