According to the CDC, bullying is any unwanted aggressive behavior(s) by another youth or group of youths that involves an observed or perceived power imbalance and is repeated multiple times or is highly likely to be repeated.
Most people understand that bullying consists of repeated, aggressive behaviors. But what exactly does the CDC mean when they say observed of perceived power imbalance? A child who bullies could use any of the following to gain the upper hand during an interaction with another child:
- Size or strength
- Social standing
- Socioeconomic standing
- Race or ethnicity
- Skills and abilities
- Group size
- Access to weapons
When developing strategies to address bullying, adults must consider the notion that children are exploring the power that they can wield over other children.
In addition to direct bullying, where a child is confronted face-to-face, indirect bullying also exists. Examples of indirect bullying include spreading rumors about a child or promoting social isolation.
As children gain more access to technology and media, social media becomes another forum in which bullying can occur.
To learn more about bullying and resources you can access, review the information contained in the links below.
For Bullying Warning Signs, CLICK HERE.
For Creating a Learning Environment that Addresses Bullying, CLICK HERE.
For Book Lists and Classroom Resources, CLICK HERE.
For Director’s Corner Bullying Prevention Reflection, CLICK HERE.