Bullying in Early Adolescence: The Role of the Peer Group (page 3)

By — Educational Resource Information Center (U.S. Department of Education)
Updated on Jul 26, 2007


We cannot assume that bullying among young adolescents is a simple interaction between a bully and a victim. Instead, recent studies and media reports suggest that there are groups of students who support their peers and sometimes participate in teasing and harassing other students. It seems important for families, schools, and other community institutions to help children and young adolescents learn how to manage, and potentially change, the pressure to hurt their classmates in order to "fit in." 

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