The Ultimate Bullying Quiz

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A school environment that includes bullying greatly impacts your child's feeling of safety at school. Bullying can greatly affect your child's ability to learn and grow emotionally, socially and cognitively. Take this quiz and find out how you can reduce the incidence of school bullying.

Bullies can intimidate others because of their:

Bullies can intimidate for various reasons, including using physical strength. Bullies can also intimidate due to their social standing, popularity and sense of authority.

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Bullying includes:

The typical bully is a child who uses physical aggression. Bullying, however, can also include social exclusion, verbal threats and initiation.

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At what age is bullying most common?

Bullying typically starts during the preschool years. Bullying peaks in middle school and often can go undetected by school staff and parents.

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Kids who bully tend to:

Kids who bully know how to go undetected by parents and school staff. Bullying typically happens without any adult awareness, whether it be online bullying or bullying on the playground.

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How can you identify a child who bullies?

The best way to identify a bully is to observe how your child and his or her peers interact. Your child's teacher and principal may have little idea about who is a bully on the playground.

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What is the first step a school should take to decrease bullying?

First and foremost, the school administration needs to define the concept of bullying. The school must determine what is considered to be acceptable and unacceptable behavior.

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When talking to a bully, the school administrator should:

Stay focused and concrete when talking to a child who bullies. Talk only about the specific bullying incident, rather than labeling a child a bully or talking about the more general and abstract concept of bullying.

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Teachers should enforce bullying rules:

Teachers should be as consistent as possible with enforcing bullying rules themselves. Every child is held to the same standard. The consequences for bullying should also be implemented quickly, with no delay.

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Children who typically are targets of bullies tend to be:

Children who are bullied are not to blame. Targets for bullies tend to be more passive and rule-conscious. This means that children who are bullied are unlikely to stick up for themselves.

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Female bullies tend to:

Girl bullies are typically not the same as boy bullies. Girl bullies tend to use emotional tactics and hurtful words. They also tend to bully in groups, using social intimidation.

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A child who is a target of bullying should first:

The first thing a bullied child should do is report the incident to school staff. A bullied child shouldn't try to handle the situation on his or her own.

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Your child will appear less vulnerable if your child:

Children are more likely to bully another child if that child is alone and socially isolated. Therefore, encourage your child to stick with his or her friends.

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Besides dealing with the bullying situation, what else should you do if your child is bullied at school?

Expand your child's social network beyond school by enrolling him or her in extracurricular activities. If your child is bullied at school, your child may benefit from making new friends outside of school.

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Schools that have low levels of bullying report:

A fearful environment due to bullying is not conducive for learning. Schools that report low levels of bullying also report higher overall test scores.

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A comprehensive school-wide anti-bullying program involves:

The only way to effectively reduce bullying in your child's school is to implement a comprehensive school-wide anti-bullying program. Typically, this involves: anti-bullying workshops and lessons, continuous enforcement of bullying rules, ongoing follow-up and school-wide education.

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