Bullying - Trouble Comes In All Sizes Part - A


Bullying or is it just a fight?

Preschool going children are energetic and impulsive. They have spur-of-the-moment friendship squabbles during a sand play or kitchen play. Something like “That’s mine!”, “I saw it first!”, “I win, you lose.” during play that occasionally gets out of hand. Such play-related conflict is not dangerous. It is through these experiences, kids become stronger to stand in a group, accept defeat and learn to forgive.

Bullying, on the other hand, does the exact opposite. It uses verbal and physical attack as fun. A bully might snatch the toy away and tell the other child that she'll beat him/her if he/she tries to take it back The red flag is when the bully child seems to enjoy threatening, insulting, embarrassing or attacking other kids. 

Being put-down, name-calling, pushed around, and shunned is not acceptable at any age. It steadily weakens kids' self-esteem; whether it's physical or emotional, it can cause hurt feelings, fear, and anxiety. 

The reasons kids bully vary

Often kids imitate behavior learned from experiences in the home; from a parent, sibling or peer. 

Some kids do it to get attention, either from adults or peers. 

Bad behavior can spark from the "good" kid, too. As my friend was telling me, her 3-year-old girl, Annie, was teased by a boy in her nursery class. The boy recruited a few more girls and boys to collectively chant “Annie Nannie, Annie Nannie, Annie Nannie” until Annie got angry and hit the boy and got caught by her teacher. 

Sometimes it can be for more complex reasons. When a child bullies because it makes him feel good to see signs of injury, fear or misery in his victim, the issue is much more concerning. That type of bullying needs a serious call to action.

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