Bullying behavior has become a major concern of every school district in America. This publication consists of 4 (8 1/2” X 11”) pages of information that identifies the major components of bullying behavior and describes the characteristics of the bully, the victim and the bystanders. Suggestions are given as to how to create a culture that effectively addresses the issues. Information is included that identifies what bullying is NOT.
Every day it is estimated that 160,000 children stay home from school for fear of being bullied. Bullying is a serious problem that does not just go away over time. It is not a typical stage or phase of development that will eventually go away; it a maladaptive way of dealing with unmet psychological needs. Punishment, suspension and expulsion will do little to change the aggression of a bully.
Aggressive and disruptive behavior in children underthe age of 8 is not classified as “bullying” behavior; it is considered to be “challenging behavior.” Young children are not identified as “bullies” due to the fact that their aggressive actions are not premeditated—they are a reaction to their immediate circumstances and not an intentional ploy to victimize or intimidate. Challenging behaviors are driven by unmet emotional and psychological needs. By the age of 3, children with challenging behaviors can be easily identified.