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shay23
shay23 asks:
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why do people bully others?

In Topics: Bullying and teasing
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Oct 21, 2011
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What the Expert Says:

The answer to this question are wide and varied.  The reasons people bully are many but all come back to one central component.  People who are bullies are seeking power and control.  Why they are seeking this could be for many different reason.  Maybe they are seeking attention.  Maybe this is a way that they protect themselves.  Maybe this is how they try to gain and maintain status.  Maybe they have a rough home life so they look to gain power and control at other environments, such as school.  People bully for many different reasons, but there are also many intervention and prevention techinques that schools and parents can use to make sure that their students and children are safe.  Raising awareness, education about the dynamics of bullying, and helping students and children identify tools to help themselves and their classmates is also helpful.  There are many programs and useful materials that you can find to help you address this topic with youth.  Please check out your local area for nonprofits or agencies who may be able to assist you and your school with this topic.

If you have a youth you are concerned for, please refer them to www.yourlifeyourvoice.org.  It is a site where they will be able to write counselors about the problems they are experiencing and they will work with the students in providing advice and guidance.

Please take care!

Counselor, Dominic
Boys Town National Hotline-A resource for parents and teens
1-800-448-3000
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momosan1
momosan1 writes:
Sad, but some people find gratification in controlling and instilling fear in someone weaker than they are. Usually bullies know the people they can and can't do that to.
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BananaJustine
BananaJustine writes:
People bully others to feel better about themselves. This is usally caused by an abusive family background from siblings or parents.
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dyl404
dyl404 writes:
Bullying someone only make the bullies fill he has power to make a person's life miserable. They hate all that is good in a person. They hate they have been treated by bullies so they thrash out in anger with others by bullying people. It is sad children have been treated bad at home and school all the time. Sooner or later children become bullies when they have been bullied most of their life. When this happen to individuals, they will need to see a psychologist on several occasions to over-come their need to bully someone.
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mrs.biebert
mrs.biebert writes:
people bully because they have no one to talk to so they take it out on other people
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Louiseasl
Louiseasl , Child Professional writes:
Hello and thank you for asking such an important question. In my opinion, there are many reasons why people bully -such as a need to feel more powerful or to impress others.  I have often wondered if bullies feel a "rush" when they are mean to others because they are in the "spotlight", albeit for wrong reasons.

To read more about bullying perhaps would enjoy these two websites:

http://www.anniefox.com (see the Cruel is NOT Cool tab)
http://www.JaylensChallenge.org  (Bully NO WAY campaign)
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sliader
sliader writes:
they think that bullying is fun but it not at all
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EdieRaether
EdieRaether , Teacher writes:
Hi Shay,
That is a question that requires a lot of answers.   If you go to www.stopbullyingwithedie.com there are lots of free articles and one addresses that issue.  The articles are taken from my book, Stop Bullying Now which answers that and much more.  Help yourself.  
There are seven types of bullies so why people bully depends on their history and motivation.  
Edie
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alonrda
alonrda writes:
i dont really know but i know that they are just trying t oact cool and stupid
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