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moosey
moosey asks:
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why do kids bully other kids?

In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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May 26, 2011
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What a great question with a huge amount of possibility for answers.  In order to best answer this, it may be best to take a step back and look at the three components that make up a bullying situation...

-The bully uses their power over the target in an unfair or cruel way.
-It is done intentionally to hurt somebody.
-It is a repeated action.

When a situation has these three elements, then it is a bullying situation.  The question as to why people bully is most closely related to the first element, the unfair us of power.  

Bullies thrive on power and control and being cruel to others is one way that they try to control their environments.  For example, a strong student may threaten wearker students to feel like he is at the top of the pack, the king of the hill.  A student who has a lot of friends may make fun of a less popular student to get attention or intimidate others.  Another student may lash out at students at school because they have no control in their life at home.  Whatever the reason, it is normally related to power and control.

One common myth that you will hear is that students pick on others because they feel bad about themselves or that they do not like themselves.  This is actually not typical. Usually bullies have very high self esteem and are very well liked.  They will just use bullying as a way to demonstrate and retain their power over others.  They may even feel entitled to bully because they simply feel like they are better than the kids getting picked on or that the kids getting picked on deserve it.  

Please check out this article on www.apa.org about bullying.  It is a module intended for teachers, but it is loaded with great information, apa.org is a fantastic site.  

http://www.apa.org/education/k12/bullying.aspx

The specific reasons why a kid may bully are limitless, but the general goal that kids have in bullying is to obtain and retain power and control over their environments.  

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aregrut
aregrut writes:
maybe those kids are not being treated as they should be and take it all on kid's.
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lizziebell
lizziebell writes:
mostly to get power or to feel better
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caitlynhert
caitlynhert writes:
They may be angry or jealous. Most likely they are trying to gain social status.
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Midnight431
Midnight431 writes:
Because it makes the bully feel better about him/her self.
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abrasha
abrasha writes:
because they love it
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AnitaOne
AnitaOne writes:
As a way of getting attention.
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screem
screem writes:
They are bullied by a parent,uncle,aunt,cousin,brother etc. It's a form from whoever is bullying them.
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heenal
heenal writes:
to get fun and thing i am bigger than them
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kya_baabee
kya_baabee writes:
Kids bully to let out there anger. Some kids do it because they know that the other kid isnt going to do a thing. The Bullies take advantage of the kid getting bullied. Maybe the bully is getting bullied by someone eles, or by parents.
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