It’s no secret that the people impacted by bullying are the majority of teens. Bullying is most common among teens in school, more than any other place. Why bullies bully others? Well it can range from many different reasons such as: self-satisfaction, popularity, stress relief, and much more. In fact researchers say there are other factors that may cause bullying,
- A lack of warmth and involvement on the part of parents.
- Overly-permissive parenting (including a lack of limits for children’s behavior).
- A lack of supervision by parents.
- Harsh, physical discipline.
- Parent modeling of bullying behavior.1
- Victimization by older brothers.2
All these factors are centered around the behavior of everyone at home. Given this information statistics say, “If they’ve been bullied, they are more apt to bully a younger sibling to feel more secure or empower themselves. Very often parents are bullies, are angry, or don’t handle conflict well. Kids usually bully because they learn this behavior at home. It is learned behavior which can be unlearned”. Knowing that bullying starts at home greatly impacts the future of the victim and the bully later in life. There are outside factors that also affect bullying, how people treat others who are strangers, these factors can be discrimination, race, and religion. These are influences that can lead a person to bully, leading to unfair treatment of others. Another fact is that bullying can have horrible outcomes, kids who are bullied turn to drugs or other self-harming tactics. Researches say that “Kids who witness bullying are more likely to: Have increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs. Have increased mental health problems, including depression and anxiety. Miss or skip school”, this goes to show the impact of bullying and its outcomes that it has on bully individuals. As a community we need to be more aware and informed on what causes bullying.