ERIC Number: EJ799735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Bullying Affects Us Too: Parental Responses to Bullying at Kindergarten
Humphrey, Gary; Crisp, Beth R.
Australian Journal of Early Childhood, v33 n1 p45-49 Mar 2008
Preschool age children are often thought of as too young to be able to engage in bullying behaviours. However, when it does occur, there are ramifications not only for the child but also for parents and siblings. This paper explores this issue by reporting on an exploratory study involving interviews with four parents whose child had experienced bullying in a Victorian kindergarten. Parents reported a range of responses, including anger, guilt for not protecting their child, and powerlessness in the face of denial from kindergarten staff that their child had been bullied. Being unable to access information about bullying among preschool children which might validate their experiences, reinforced the sense of isolation these parents experienced. Further research which explores the needs of family members of children bullied in the kindergarten (prior to school) setting is needed.
Descriptors: Siblings, Bullying, Disabilities, Kindergarten, Anxiety, Parent Attitudes, Antisocial Behavior, Interviews, Emotional Response, Psychological Patterns, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia