Who are Bullies?
•Bullies often have low self-esteem, but can be kids with average self-esteem who have a group of friends supporting their behavior.
•Bullies pick on kids who are weaker than they are to feel more important or powerful.
•Bullies lack empathy, or the ability to understand another’s feelings.
•Some bullies have been victims of abuse themselves.
•Bullies are often defiant toward authority figures and are more likely to break rules.
•Bullies do not pick on others at random but instead target weak, vulnerable victims.
Some indicators of Bully behavior are:
•Aggressive attitude toward family members
•Sullen, secretive, and difficult to approach
•Constantly tells lies about his/her behavior
•Deliberately hurts other children
•Refuses to admit to wrongdoing or accept blame
•No real sense of remorse or empathy
•Other children are nervous or silent in the child’s presence
•Appears to enjoy hurting others or seeing them in trouble
Bullies are likely to have been bullied themselves and rather than feeling empathy for others, they repeat the behavior.