Bullies have learned that being aggressive and physically coercive is a way to increase their status and self-esteem. Bullies place a high value on being in control and dominating others. Children who are bullies are likely to grow up to be juvenile delinquents and adult criminals, unless they learn new ways of thinking and behaving.
In the UK in 1984 a survey of 4,000 children indicated that more than two thirds had been bullied at some time and 38% were being regularly bullied. Another survey in the UK indicated that 18% of secondary children and 17% of middle-school children claimed to have been bullied; 8% said it happened once a week, and 5.5% said it happened several times per week. More than half make no attempt to report it to anybody, making it easy for teachers to assume that very little occurs. Another survey suggests that 70% of children are bullied at some time; one in 7 are chronically and severely bullied.
An American researcher says that approximately 10% of all children attending school are afraid through much of the day. A Norwegian study of thousands of school boys showed that 65% of the boys identified as bullies at the age of 7 had felony charges by 24. They achieved less academically, socially, economically and professionally than their non-bullying peers of comparable intelligence. They had more arrests for felonies and more convictions for serious crimes, were more abusive toward their spouses and more likely to have highly aggressive children.
2. What with the growing stress of entrance examinations and the tendency these days to spoil children, bullying is inevitable.
2. Weaker children just have to learn to hack it on the playground. Adult intervention is a poor preparation for life.