What Is Bullying Behavior?

Building confidence is one way to deter bullying.
24 Jun 2021

Bullying is the chronic infliction of physical hurt and/or psychological distress on another person, usually through an imbalance of power. Bullying can involve direct physical contact, verbal attacks intended to cause emotional harm or indirect actions of social aggression intended to embarrass or isolate.

Bullying comes in different forms:

  • Verbal or social bullying can be just as damaging, or even more so than physical bullying.
  • Although traditional forms of bullying are more common, cyberbullying has taken bullying to a new level of intensity. Using interactive technologies, such as text messages and social media Web sites, cyberbullying can occur around the clock, and the text or images can be widely disseminated, well beyond school grounds. School bullying and cyberbullying statistics show that 77 percent of students are bullied mentally, verbally, and physically and that one out of five students admit to doing some bullying.
  • In one study, 53 percent of students admitted to saying mean or hurtful things to someone online.
  • Bullying occurs at all grade levels.
  • Approximately 32 percent of students report being bullied at school. Bullied students are more likely to take a weapon to school, get involved in physical fights, and suffer from anxiety and depression, health problems, and mental health problems. They suffer academically. And research suggests that schools where students report a more severe bullying climate score worse on standardized assessments than schools with a better climate.
  • Teach children it is okay to say “NO!”
  • Encourage children to step in when they see a classmate getting bullied.  This doesn’t have to be physically getting involved, it could mean running to get an adult to help.

Take Immediate Action Failure to act provides tacit approval of the behavior and can cause it to spread.

  • Tell the person who is bullying that their behavior is unacceptable.
  • Stay together in groups.
  • Don’t be a bystander, stick up for friends.
  • Report any harmful or dangerous incidents to an adult immediately.
  • Walk away.

Parents listen to all complaints, no matter how trivial they may seem.

Treat Children and Others with Warmth and Respect.

Let them know that you are available to listen and help them.

Teach your children to carry themselves with confidence.  Getting them enrolled in martial arts is a great way to help your child have confidence!

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By Master Lydia Ajay and Co-Owner of Ajay’s Karate, Elk Grove, California.

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