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What makes a bully?

Bullies are not always the biggest kids in the playground- instead they could be the smallest, sweetest girl in the class, the last person you would ever suspect.
 
Children who bully want to have control over their lives- even if it’s just making someone else’s life miserable. A child bullies to make up for something that is lacking in their own lives. They commonly perform badly at school and find it difficult to make lasting friendships.
 
Bullies often:
  • Pick on kids who are younger, smaller or different from the rest of the children.
  • Pick on kids who are new to the school, as they’re new, they don’t yet have a group of friends who can back them up.
  • Talk loudly and cut across people so no one else gets the chance to back them up.
  • Spread lies about their victims
  • Use blackmail to prevent their victims from reporting them
  • Try to get their victims ostracised and excluded from activities.
  • Freeze out their victim so no one will talk to them
  • Pick on their victim constantly with name-calling and teasing.
  • Steal or lose their victims belongings on purpose

More questions

It's important to speak to your child about bullying to help them understand what behaviour is and isn't acceptable.
Recently, there has been an increase in the amount of children being sent abusive text messages.
There are many ways that you can help your child make friends at school. 
It's an unfortunate fact of life but kids do tease each other. It's important to teach your child how to deal with being teased. 
Children who bully want to exert control over their lives-even if it's just making someone else's life miserable.
This can be a difficult realisation to come to but there are some signs to watch out for which could indicate that your child is a bully. 
Parents often fear that if they report that their child is being bullied to the school that nothing will be done.
Your child's school should have a very clear policy on how to deal with bullying.
In recent times, cyber bullying has become all too common. 
There are lots of things that you as a parent can do to help prevent and reduce the chances of your child being bullied.

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