Bullying myths

Some of the most common misunderstandings about bullying:

  • Only boys bully.
  • Once a bully, always a bully.
  • There is more bullying at larger schools or in larger classes.
  • Bullying is a result of competition and the struggle to achieve good grades at school.
  • Students are usually victims of bullying because of physical differences.
  • There is a connection between bullying others or being bullied and the family’s socioeconomic level.
  • Those who bully have low self-esteem.
  • Bullies are agitated and aggressive.
  • Standing up to a bully by fighting back will deter the behavior.
  • The best way to handle a bully is to avoid or ignore the problem.
  • Schoolyard bullies usually outgrow aggressiveness.

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