It’s odd to believe, but bullying can begin at any age. Children can begin bullying in elementary school , or at an earlier age, and some (unknowingly) with the approval of their parents. At the age of 2 years old, children can show bullying tendencies. It usually begins on the playground with their friends, not wanting to take turns going down the slide. Even refusing to share their toys, and taking items from other children.
Although, parents think this type of elementary school bullying is normal, it could be the first sign of long term bullying. If aggressive behaviour in children is not identified and eliminated, their negative behaviour can continue through adulthood. Bullying is very serious. Even in elementary school, bullying is a major problem. Elementary school students are not new to bullies or bullying. It’s just that bullying at this age, has been overlooked.
In fact, children can be very cruel to each other. Children are often targeted, by their bullies for various reasons. The bully look for anything they feel is imperfect about their target, and they begin their long history of bullying. School officials are trying desperately to put a handle on bullying, but with so many incidents per day, that might be difficult to do. Victims don’t always come forward, with information, and neither do their peers.
Some elementary school bullies are very dangerous. In some cases, bullies have seriously injured their victims, causing them to receive medical attention. Parents are very concern that their children have to come to school, and be the target of someone’s frustration or disappointment. Although, bullying in elementary school is not new it is definitely increasing. More and more children are being beaten up, emotional abused, and sexually assaulted. The increase in such violence in schools is causing some parents to pull their children out of public schools.
This isn’t the best solution, but in some cases, it is the only solution parents are faced with. If school officials cannot put an end or at least control bullies, other students will always be in constant fear. Some elementary school bullies, threaten their victims with knives. In retaliation, some students bring knives to school to defend themselves.
In elementary school these types of drastic measures should be unheard of. Parents and school officials should be appalled at the measures children are willing to go to intimidate other children. They should be equally concerned, as to the length students will go to protect themselves. Elementary school bullies graduate to middle school, and become middle school bullies. If they are not stopped at middle school, they become high school bullies.
According to educational reports, an average of 15% of elementary age children is involved in bullying. This number involves students that are bullying other students, and their victims. This number is high, and has drawn much attention to the seriousness of bullying, even at this young age. Even at this age, there are still negative after affects, students and their parents have to deal with. The emotional health of bullied victims is very fragile. Children at this age are very vulnerable and unsure of themselves.
Just as their older counteracts contemplate suicide, so do victims at this early age. Older children in high school or college, use more violent means to get rid of their bullies. They may take a gun to school, and shoot up the entire school. In some cases, as many people have read or seen on television, bullying can lead to murder. When bullied victims are faced with excessive abuse, with no intervention, they feel trapped. To them there is no way out, and they feel that no one cares or understands, what they are going through.
Elementary school is a step up from preschool. Children don’t come into elementary school being bullies these tendencies may have already been there. They are often called “troublemakers” and they are passed on by teacher, just to get them out of their classroom. This is not helping the bully or the victims. What can students, parents, educators, and concerned adults do to stop bullying. Know the signs of bullying; don’t take children aggressive behaviour likely, stop teasing or horse playing before it gets out of control. Most importantly, listen to children, ask questions, show concern, and don’t make them feel like they are talebearers.
When it comes to elementary school bullying, it is essential to teach your children that it is perfectly fine for them to talk about facing bullying in elementary school and that they are not snitching if they report being bullied. They should learn that their teachers and their parents are on their side and aim to stand by them in this situation that can be very confusing and scary for a child fresh out of preschool.