BULLYING AND ADOLESCENT BEHAVIORS
Bullies in School: They are both male and female students. Bullying starts in 3rd. grade, peaks in 8th. Grade and levels off in 10th grade. About 15% are male bullies who do so on a regular basis. 10% are female student bullies and 1 out of 6 students will be bullied on a regular basis…..Bullies are smart and socially manipulative. Bullying can occur in physical, social, emotional instances. It is basic instinct when people help others. When confronted early, the bully’s have a lower risk of future behaviors.
Bullying Characteristics have the characteristics of 1) Entitlement-The “right” to get even with those they feel may irritate them or have caused them some injustice in their lives….2) They can be what is called “Hot Responders” –immediate reaction to a problem- car problems-that is someone honking at them is all about them…these behaviors often re-enforced by their parents. 3)Low empathy- little consideration for feelings of others. This can occur in 5th. and 6th. grade girls while struggling to develop their own identity. Bullying Characteristics and also include Provocative Victims…that is at times those that stand out to gain attention or those that really are very quiet, removed from social situations and very angry inside at their peers, parents, etc.
Bullying is enabled by Parents, Peers, Teachers and Coaches. Their Behaviors can be physical, social and/or emotional to others. Victim Characteristics are passive, have low self esteem, are socially isolate and unassertive. When a teacher is s Bully they are demeaning, name callers and socially manipulative. This speaks to the issue that schools need to have a firm policy on Bullying Behaviors and consequences for those behaviors.