18 Traits Of A School Bully, And How To Watch Your Kid For Them
Interpret non-threatening behaviors as aggressive
Children can have a different understanding of behavior than adults since their minds are still developing. Some children can see harmless behavior as intentional according to Children and Schools. This is especially true for children raised in hostile or abusive environments. For example, if a peer accidentally steps on their shoe, they can feel like the peer is trying to hurt or disrespect them. This leads the child to act in an aggressive manner since they feel like they have to defend themselves. If you notice that your child is defensive, aggressive, and protective, talk to them about what makes them feel this way. If they are intimidated by classmate’s non-aggressive behavior, explain to them that their classmate’s actions were an accident, not intentional.