Many parents have no idea that their child may be harassing or bullying other students. Knowing the facts and how to help change the situation is essential in making life safer for all children.
Twenty percent of children in grades 6-10 admits to being a bully or doing at least some “bullying” (Nansel, et al, 2001). Children know that bullying is wrong. That’s why they do it when parents aren’t around, and it is one reason cyberbullying has become so common.
It may be difficult to admit that your child could be a bully, but you definitely don’t want to let your child stay a bully. Look for the signs and then find a way to change the behaviors.
Dr. Joel Haber says that your child could be a bully if he/she:
- Is exclusive – refuses to include certain kids in play or study
- Persists in certain inappropriate or unpleasant behavior even after you have told him/her to stop
- Is very concerned with being and staying popular
- Seems intolerant of and/or shows contempt for children who are “different” or “weird”
- Frequently teases or taunts other children
- Constantly plays extremely aggressive videogames
- Hurts animals
- Observes you excluding, gossiping about, or otherwise hurting others.
(Taken from Care.com)