When Teasing Becomes Bullying

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Children are teased on the school bus, in the classroom, and/or during recess. Unfortunately, teasing can transpire anywhere, and it is complicated to avert--in spite of the greatest efforts of parents, teachers, and school administrators to construct a more supportive atmosphere that discourage teasing and bullying. For the most part, young children become distress routinely when they are called a name and/or poked fun at in any way. Parents cannot always shield children from these upsetting circumstances; however they can educate their children with practical tactics to assist them. Young children who gain knowledge of these coping skills at an early age may be better equipped for more considerable social challenges and conflicts in their preteen and teenage years.

When Teasing Becomes Bullying
Almost every child will tease. However, it is not always as innocent as it seems. Words and phrases can cause serious mental damage to a young child. According to Froschl (2006), teasing becomes bullying when it is monotonous and/or when there is a conscious objective to hurt another child. Bullying comprises an assortment of behaviors, all of which result in a disproportion of control among children. It can be (1) Verbal: making threats, name-calling. (2) Psychological: excluding children, spreading rumors. (3) Physical: hitting, pushing, and taking a child's possessions. With females, bullying is often subtle and roundabout. According to Simmons (2006), instead of snatching a toy from another child, a young female might say, "Give me that toy or I won't be your friend anymore." Older females can be mean without saying a word: by telling other females not to be friends with a particular female, giving her the silent treatment, rolling their eyes in class, or making rude noises. Sometimes, says Simmons, females make a hurtful remark and then pretend they didn't mean it by saying "just kidding." Males, on the other hand, tend to be more...
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