CHILDREN AT RISK TO BECOME BULLIES

Remember, those who bully others do not need to be stronger or bigger than those they bully. The power imbalance can come from a number of sources—popularity, strength, cognitive ability—and children who bully may have more than one of these characteristics.

  • Well-connected to their peers, have social power, are overly concerned about their popularity, and like to dominate or be in charge of others.

  • Others are more isolated from their peers and may be depressed or anxious, have low self-esteem, be less involved in school, be easily pressured by peers, or not identify with the emotions or feelings of others.

  • Are aggressive or easily frustrated

  • Have less parental involvement or having issues at home

  • Think badly of others

  • Have difficulty following rules

  • View violence in a positive way

  • Have friends who bully others

  • Lack empathy for others