The complete psychological profile of a bully can vary, but one factor often reoccurs. The kids who don’t get adequate and loving supervision from parents may turn to bullying behavior, states Jolene Huston and Sandra J. Bailey, researchers with the Montana State University Extension.
1. Lack of Limits
Parents who don’t set firm limits and who don’t discipline a young child may set the stage for bullying behavior in their child, advises the Education.com website. Permissive parenting can fail to teach kids expectations about behavior. This means that children may not learn what is and isn’t appropriate conduct when interacting with others. Watch out for problems with inconsistent discipline, too. Inconsistent parenting can confuse a child and lead to major insecurity.
2. Reduced Involvement
Parents who are too busy or otherwise involved with other pursuits usually reduce their involvement with and supervision of a youngster. Watch out -- this behavior could transit a lack of warmth to the child, warns the American Humane Association. This reduced involvement and connection can create a void for a little one, which may increase the chances of the child resorting to bullying behavior. A strong and nurturing parent-child relationship can help meet a child’s emotional needs, which helps the child make positive decisions about behaviors and actions.
3. Positive Parental Example
If parents are uninvolved with a child’s activities and don’t spend adequate time interacting with and supervising the child, this can result in a missed opportunity for everyone. The child misses out on quality time and learning from the example of others. Parents who regularly engage with a little one, talking with him, teaching him and allowing him to observe parental interactions with others, can set a powerful example of how to treat others respectfully and kindly.
4. Parental Protection
A lack of supervision for kids may lead to bullying situations where older siblings or other children abuse younger ones. If parents don’t provide adequate protection for a little one in this situation, it may set the child’s course for becoming a bully himself. A child who experiences bullying as a victim may turn the tables and go on to engage in bullying behavior by targeting others as victims, according to the American Psychological Association.
- Montana State University Extension: Children and Bullying: A Guide for Parents
- Education.com: Why Do Kids Bully
- Bemidji State University: Bullying in Schools: Understanding Bullying and How to Intervene with Schools
- American Humane Association: Bullying Prevention and Intervention
- American Psychological Association: Who Is Likely to Become a Bully, Victim or Both?
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