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Dealing with bullying by students

This is an excerpt from Organization and Administration of Physical Education With Web Resource by Jayne Greenberg & Judy LoBianco.

Bullying by Students

Sometimes it is difficult to tell when a student is being harassed or bullied. Furthermore, at times, it can be difficult to identify students who may be engaging in bullying behavior. According to stopbullying.gov (2018), 28 percent of U.S. students in grades 6 through 12 experienced bullying and 20 percent of U.S. students in grades 9 through 12 experienced bullying. Approximately 30 percent of young people admit to bullying others. Since bullying and cyberbullying, bullying via the Internet through multiple forms of technology including instant messaging, online chat rooms, email, blogs, social networking websites, and texting (Juvonen & Gross, 2008), have become prevalent negative behaviors, it is important to open the channels of communication with students and create an environment in which students feel comfortable sharing concerns with adults. To assist in identifying students who may be engaged in bullying behavior, stopbullying.gov recommends that educators look for certain indicators in students:

  • Getting into physical or verbal fights
  • Having friends who bully others
  • Becoming increasingly aggressive
  • Getting sent to the principal's office or to detention frequently
  • Having unexplained extra money or new belongings
  • Blaming others for their problems
  • Not accepting responsibility for their actions
  • Being competitive and worrying about their reputation or popularity