Understanding bullying is complex. It resists simplistic ideas and solutions. Knowing exactly
is and understanding
why it happens are critical to finding positive and lasting solutions for everyone involved.
Students can play
roles within the bullying dynamic. Understanding the peer group is central to understanding bullying.
students seem to be
more likely to be involved, depending on the school and the broader context. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term
impacts on everyone involved, including
Intervening appropriately to respond to or prevent bullying is very important. A good starting place for understanding bullying is to
ask students. Their ideas may be different from what adults assume. Dealing with bullying involves tapping into their motivations and understandings of the social situation. The reasons for bullying will be found below the surface by investigating issues of
power, norms and social status,
tolerance and diversity. Exploring these areas and how they influence students' interactions and behaviour can provide essential insights into the most appropriate responses by parents and carers, and the school.
Read more on the research
into bullying and implications for schools, as well as updates from new research. When you are reading research about bullying, you may find What to look for in research useful so you can ensure the research is of a high quality and the findings are valid.