Bullying is very common. Research studies from across the world have found that almost half of children say that they have bullied others at some time. Most children who are involved in bullying would not be if they fully understood the effect of their actions.
Children accused of bullying may need just as much help as those being bullied. Their behaviour may be connected to personal or social problems; they may be being manipulated by other children; individuals may be playing a small part in group bullying and not understand the harm being done to a victim. And, of course, children may be falsely or mistakenly accused.
Why do people
Children have their own explanations:
These explanations, and the last one in particular, provide a clue as to what it is that allows normal, happy, loving sons and daughters to behave in ways that other parents see as being cruel and inexcusable. Bullying children don't usually see their behaviour as being particularly wrong and, anyway, it is justified by something the victim is or does:
Most importantly, when a group bullies an individual there may be little sense of guilt because of the shared responsibility - even if the effect on the victim is devastating.
How do people