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6 Myths About Bullies and Victims

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Victims Are Introverts

Myth: All victims of bullying are shy and withdrawn.

Fact: Although certain personality characteristics indeed place children at higher risk for being bullied, there are also a host of situational factors (e.g., being a new student in school) and social risk factors (e.g., not having a friend) that increase the likelihood of a child being or continuing to get bullied. These situational factors explain why there are more temporary than chronic victims of bullying.