Identify Red Flags of Bullying During Recess
Edited by Olivia, Eng, Lynn
Did you ever experience bullying when you were a kid? Did you wish the teacher was present during breaks or recess time to help you? Try to look at kids' behavior during their recess. You may find something that is amiss. However, before you delve into the observable signs, you should at least know what bullying is. By learning more about it, you may be more able to prevent or intervene against it.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is a phenomenon that you or someone you know has more than likely experienced. It is something that we are all aware of. It can be observed in the form of threats, inflicting physical harm, verbally abusing an individual, and/or spreading gossip about the person. It can also be in the form of jokes meant to ridicule an individual. Bullying happens everywhere: School, the office, on the street, while traveling, and yes, even at home. You should not forget that there is also another type of bullying called cyber bullying.
The American Psychological Association defines bullying as "a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort." Note that the organization also said that the victim has done nothing to provoke such treatment and is unable to defend himself.
What are the Red Flags of Bullying During Recess?
- 1Issuing Threats.Advertisement
- 2Infliction of Physical Harm.Advertisement
- 3Spreading Gossip About the Person.
- 4Jokes to Ridicule an Individual.
- 5Group Exclusion.
What are the Effects of Bullying?
- 1Low Test Scores.  showed that peer rejection played an important role in a child's academic performance.Advertisement
- 2Inability to form lasting friendships.
- 3Risk of Depression and Substance or Alcohol Abuse.
Bullying is something that school superintendents, teachers and other school authorities should watch out for. Most of the time, bullying is identified in school, especially during recess time, when kids are left on their own. It is important that someone in the school be trained to identify red flags on bullying during break time. Not all children will speak up and not all parents are supportive. It is vital to identify bullying and kids being bullied earlier in order for interventions to be effective and lasting.
1. Peer exclusion and victimization: Processes that mediate the relation between peer group rejection and children's classroom engagement and achievement; Journal of Educational Psychology, 98(1)
Journal of Educational Psychology", 98(1);Buhs, E., Ladd, G., & Herald, S. (2006)
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