The roles kids play

Bullying and girls

It’s reported that:

  • Up to 50% of girls from grade 6 – year 12 report being cyber bullied
  • Older school aged girls are more likely to engage in cyber bullying, i.e. year 10 – 12.
  • Girls bullied in primary years are likely to remain victims in secondary school, in their workplace and in their personal lives.
  • Are more covert and prefer non-physical bullying i.e. verbal, emotional or cyber.
  • Prefer mobbing, ganging up, spreading rumours, isolating and excluding others.
  • Are eager for acceptance, don’t like exclusion, going against a crowd or associating with someone who is picked on.
  • Like to be part of a group or clique.
  • Take issues personally, don’t forget bad experiences which can leave scars.
  • More likely to avoid becoming involved as bystanders.
  • Don’t talk to friends, parents or teachers about bullying and are afraid of losing access to their social media.

  

Bullying and boys

It’s reported that:

  • Boys prefer physical and are known to be more direct i.e. verbal bullying.
  • Boy’s aged 13 -16 years of age often demonstrate bullying behaviour.
  • Boys who relentlessly bully are more likely to engage in other antisocial/delinquent behaviour, such as vandalism, truancy or theft.
  • Are eager for acceptance.
  • Don’t like to risk going against a crowd or associating with someone who is a target.
  • Want to be cool, popular and are more often known to be bystanders.