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National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month: Risk Factors

This second part of our National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month series will focus on the risk factors for children who could potentially be bullied as well for children who could be the bully.

A Preface to These Risk Factors

Usually a child may face bullying in some shape of form if they are perceived as different from their peers. For instance, children that identify within the LGBTQA+ community, or even children with disabilities, may be at a greater risk. Something to note, however, is just because these risk factors are exhibited in a child, that does not mean that they will be bullied or that they will bully others.

Risk Factors That Identify Children Who May Be Bullied

There is no one set standard by which to identify if one child is more at risk for being bullied over another, but the following factors, according to stopbullying.gov, may put them at an increased risk:

  • Children who are seen as different from their peers. This could be due to factors such as being overweight or underweight, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
  • Children who are seen as weaker than their peers.
  • Children who may suffer from mental disabilities, such as depression or anxiety.
  • Children who have low self-esteem.
  • Children who have trouble associating with their peers.
Risk Factors That Identify Children Who May Bully

According to stopbullying.gov, children who tend to bully their peers are those who have social standing among their peers or those who are isolated from them. Children with the following factors may be more likely to bully their peers:

  • Children who showcase negative emotion, such as frustration or aggression.
  • Children with little parental guidance.
  • Children who do not think highly of their peers.
  • Children who have issue with authority or rules.
  • Children who are friends with those who bully others.
  • Children who view violence in a positive light.

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