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ERIC Number: EJ943375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-175X
What Educators Need to Know about Bullying
Graham, Sandra
Educational Horizons, v89 n2 p12-15 Win 2011
Peer victimization--or what's known as harassment or bullying--is not a new problem in American schools, though it appears to have taken on more epic proportions in recent years. The research about peer victimization has increased dramatically in the past 10 years, but there are still many myths about bullying. This article discusses six myths that cloud one's understanding of bullying behavior in schools and prevent everyone from addressing the issue effectively. Educators who want to better understand the dynamics of school bullying will need to learn that the problems of victims and bullies aren't the same. Interventions for bullies don't need to focus on self-esteem; rather, bullies need to learn strategies to control their anger and their tendency to blame others for their problems. Victims, on the other hand, need interventions that help them develop more positive self-views and that teach them not to blame themselves for the harassment. And peers need to learn that as witnesses to bullying, their responses aren't neutral and they are either supporting or opposing bullying behaviors. The six myths discussed herein are: (1) Bullies have low self-esteem and are rejected by their peers; (2) Getting bullied is a natural part of growing up; (3) Once a victim, always a victim; (4) Boys are physical and girls are relational victims and bullies; (5) Zero tolerance policies reduce bullying; and (6) Bullying involves only a perpetrator and a victim. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Language: English
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