The difference between Aggression and Bullying
Aggression is problem solving behavior learned early in life which is often impulsive and is common for children under the age of five.
Bullying is an early form of INTENTIONAL aggressive, violent behavior. Bullying may be referred to as the act of one person threatening or physically assaulting another person for no apparent reason.
Victims of bullying are at great risk, especially in relation to academic and social achievement, often suffering from one or more of the following:
- Chronic absenteeism
- Reduced academic performance
- Increased apprehension and fear
- Abandonment by peers
- Child or adolescent suicide
These risks make it vital to address the problem of bullying in our schools.
Early and inclusive intervention is the key. Interventions targeting middle schools and high schools have had limited success; therefore, the intervention must begin during early childhood. Guidance and direction is critical as children begin to learn about their own aggression.
Helping children develop Empathy is critical...it begins at birth and becomes more overt around 6 or 7 months of age when children begin to see others outside of themselves. We can begin to support children as they develop empathy if we intentionally interact with children.
Post by Stephen Zwolak