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Cherry Banks post:

There are many forms of bullying today.  Most instances of bullying take place with children at school; however, there are many children that were bullied as kids that grow up to be adult bullies.  It’s not uncommon today to find bullies in the workplace, prison and even at church (Fundukian & Wilson, 2008).  Unfortunately, children that stand out or appear to be different are easy targets for bullies.   According to Laurie Fundukian & Jeffrey Wilson, studies have shown that 16,000 children ranging from the sixth through tenth grades report bullying as being a common problem in the United States (Fundukian & Wilson, 2008).   

Males and females bully differently.  Males are typically more physical; engaging in fights or destroying one’s property.  Females tend to be less conspicuous by playing social tricks or spreading rumors, intending to embarrass or humiliate their peers. Unknowingly, students play the role of instigator. Without instigators to fuel the situation, most bullying would die out.  (Bandsuch LPCC, 2017)

It’s very important for parents to look for warning signs of bullying because often children will try to hide it out of shame or fear.  It is equally important for schools to have zero tolerance for bullying in the school, as this is where most bullying tends to occur.  

As technology continues to evolve, bullies are now using the internet as a method to bully.  It’s so easy to act anonymously on the internet, so it’s even more so important for parents to stay vigilant in their children’s lives, and aware of their interaction on the interact.  Our perfect little angel could very likely be someone else’s bully.                         

References

Bandsuch LPCC, L. (2017, March 16). Boys and girls bully differently. Retrieved from Psychbc: https://psychbc.com/blog/bullying-boys-and-girls-are-different

Fundukian, L., & Wilson, J. (2008). The Gale encyclopedia of mental health. Bullying, p. 183-188.

Tamika Gibson post:

How do genders bully differently? Males tend to bully more overtly and more physically. They bully face-to-face. Boys believe their social value is related to their physical strength. They use their physical power over the victim in an attempt to gain status or control. They may engage in fights, use the threat of physical violence and/or may damage the victim’s property. Boys tend to bully based on opportunity making it more of an impulsive act. Girls act out as consistently as boys who bully, but female bullies can be more difficult to spot. Female bullying is often more subtle and occurs behind the scenes, thus making it less likely to get caught. Girls tend to believe their social value lies mainly in their appearance. Because of this, girls typically bully by trying to tear down the appearance of their victims any way they can. They will pick on boys as well. What ages are most susceptible? The risk for bullying peaks at different ages for different types of bullying. Physical intimidation was most commonly reported by children under 10 years: its prevalence was 19 percent among children ages two to five, and 18 percent among children ages six to nine, compared with 9 percent among children ages 10 to 13, and 5 percent among children ages 14 to 17. Relational aggression peaks later, with 23 percent of children ages two to five reporting it in the past year, compared with 33 percent of children ages six to nine, 48 percent of children ages 10 to 13, and 39 percent of youth 14 to 17. Internet and cell phone harassment was most common at ages 14-17 (nine percent, compared with less than five percent among younger children). What are the typical characteristics of bullies?  Some of the common indicators  include: Lacks empathy and concern for others -Demonstrates a strong need to dominate and subdue others -Hot tempered, quickly becomes enraged  -Teases others in a hurtful manner -Picks on others who are weaker; not done in self defense -Intimidates others through threats or reputation -Commits acts of physical aggression.  victims? Bullies tend to harass children who are vulnerable in some way.  Dressing differently, being from a under-represented cultural group, learning more slowly than others, or being unskilled in a valued ability can make one a target for bullies.  Weaknesses and differences are exploited by these aggressors. What roles do students play that contribute to this problem in schools? There are many roles that kids can play. Kids can bully others, they can be bullied, or they may witness bullying. When kids are involved in bullying, they often play more than one role. Sometimes kids may both be bullied and bully others or they may witness other kids being bullied. How can schools best deal with bullying? Communities are exploring school-based bullying intervention programs to help reduce bullying or eliminate it all together.  There now are many effective strategies for countering bullying.  In addition to providing warnings and protection to all, a good anti-bullying program implements immediate disciplinary consequences for intimidation and aggressive behavior, and re-orientation instruction for the bullies, their victims, and bystanders.  However, for the programs to succeed, adults and children must be aware of signs and interventions. From that point, they then need instruction in how to prevent, detect, and react to bullying. What can parents do to protect their children from cyber-bullying? Have the cyber-bullying conversation, Set cyber safety rules, Continue to be involved with your child’s online use, Work with the school, Document the situation, and also be supportive to the child. How to prevent their children from becoming cyberbullies? Start by talking with your child, and explore reasons for their behavior. This conversation should allow your child to discuss how they are feeling, to speak up if they are being bullied by someone else, and to talk about other factors that may be leading to this behavior. Try to understand your child’s feelings and help your child appreciate how others feel when they are cyber-bullied. Let your child know that everyone has feelings and that feelings matter. Then, make your expectations and consequences clear and consistent. Let your child know that bullying is not okay under any circumstances and that you will not tolerate it. Lastly, provide positive feedback and be patient.

Bandsuch, L. (2017)Boys and girls bully differently Retrieved June 20, 2019 from https://psychbc.com

Finkelhor, D., Turner, H. A., Shattuck, A., & Hamby, S. L. (2015) Prevalence of childhood exposure to violence, crime, and abuse: Results from the national survey of children’s exposure to violence. JAMA Pediatric, 169(8), 746-754.

NA(ND)Stop bullying on the spot Retrieved June 20, 2019 from www.stopbullying.gov

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