Roles of Children in Bullying (Passive or Witness Roles (Kids who Assist…
Roles of Children in Bullying
It is important to understand the roles to prevent and respond to bullying behavior
Kids who Bully
Engage in bullying towards peers
Often require support to change their behavior
Risk factors contribute to child's behavior
Kids who are Bullied
Targets of bulling behavior
May need help to learn how to respond to bullying.
Some factors put certain children at a higher risk for bullying
Important not to label the children.
May communicate to child that their behavior can't change.
It disregards other factors.
Disregards the multiple roles a child can play in bullying.
Passive or Witness Roles
Kids who Assist
May not start bullying behavior but supports and encourages the kid who bullies and may join in
Kids who Reinforce
Active audience for bullying behavior
Laugh and may encourage the kid who bullies
Do not encourage or discourage the kid who bullies. They may simply watch.
They often want to help but do not know how.
Their watching alone may encourage the kid who bullies.
Kids who Defend
Actively comfort the child being bullied and may come to the child's defense when bullying occurs
Children may play multiple roles in bullying behaviors.