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FAQs on Bullying

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FAQs on Bullying

Q: What is bullying?

Bullying is when children and adults use power and aggression to cause fear, harm and distress, or to control others. This abuse of power can be physical, verbal, written, social or electronic, and is typically repeated over time.

Q: Why is my child bullying?

Ask your child if any of these reasons apply:

  • They want something that somebody else has.
  • They like the feeling they get when making someone do something they want them to do.
  • They want the kids in their class to like them.
  • It’s cool to be tough.
  • Another child has made fun of them and it hurts, so they make fun of someone else.
  • They want to be better than someone they know.
  • They’re hanging out with a group of kids who think it’s cool to bully. They don’t like it, but they do it to be part of the crowd.

Q: Can bullies be victims too?

Yes. Bullying often occurs on a continuum, with children frequently moving between the role of bully and being bullied. It is common for bullies to have experienced bullying prior to adopting this role.

Q: How does the “bystander effect” relate to bullying?

There are three roles in a bullying situation:

  1. Bully
  2. Victim
  3. Bystander/Onlooker

A bystander can have a significant impact on stopping bullying by getting help for the victim or communicating their dissatisfaction with the bullying.

Q: My child is being bullied. What can I do?

Click here for our four strategies to help parents address bullying.

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Source: information for this blog post was sourced from Stop Now And Plan (SNAP), our award-winning children’s mental health program. For more information, visit stopnowandplan.com.