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Do you have any information on the reasons why students become or resort to bullying?

Asked by Jeanne via email.
In Topics: Bullying and teasing, Discipline and behavior challenges
> 60 days ago

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MomSOS
Mar 27, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

The articles suggested here by dgraab are very helpful in understanding the reasons why students become or resort to bullying.
Basically, bullying is a cultural phenomenon within school populations that may have various reasons, including depression and anxiety in the aggressor, an attempt by the aggressor to achieve power over the victim, and/or a behavior that is stabilized by peer "accessories" who stand by without assisting the victim.  Often the peer observers laugh and actually in some cases, popularize the aggressor as "cool."  In some cases, particularly when the bully is a high academic achiever, teachers and staff may not even recognize the bullying behavior.
Whatever the case, bullying appears to be a power play by the aggressor. Unfortunately, in too many cases, it succeeds.
Do check out these articles.  They are quite informative.

Bette J. Freedson, LICSW, LCSW, CGP
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dgraab
dgraab , Parent writes:
Hi, Education.com offers extensive information about bullying in this special edition resource center here: http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/

A few of the articles you'll find there that address reasons students bully include...

Bullying and its Underlying Mechanisms
http://www.education.com/reference/article/reasons-for-bullying/

Shoving, Gossip, and Beyond: How Environment Shapes Bullies
http://www.education.com/reference/article/bullying-physical-social-aggression/

Starting Out Early: What Parents Need to Know About Peer Relationships
http://www.education.com/reference/article/peer-relationships-young-children/

I hope this is helpful to you. Thanks for asking!
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TeamJacob writes:
Usually because they have low self esteem they feel if others are laughing at someone else it takes the attention off them. Other times if they are physically abusive it can be because they want to be in control and be on top sometimes if it is a bad case it is influenced by the parents.
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