Back then, bullying may not have been taken seriously by adults. These days, experts recognize its serious consequences. Here are some answers to questions you may have:
- Why are children so mean sometimes? All humans are aggressive. In children, this can take the form of teasing or threats. Using words is a way to defend yourself and feel powerful without getting physical.
- Are children crueler when they’re in a group? They can be. Sometimes a group of children rejects one or more kids. This is more common than bullying by a single child.
- Why don’t children feel terrible about bullying? Even if kids know it’s wrong, they may do things in a group that seem out of character. It takes a lot of courage to go against peers.
- Are there more bullies today than in the past? Society has become more accepting of put-downs. On TV, they’re portrayed as funny and cool.
- What can parents do to help? Be a role model. If you see kids being mean, stop them and discuss the problem. How would they feel if someone treated them that way? Do not allow bullying of any kind or degree.
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