Bullying in Middle Childhood
Moral development is very important during middle childhood; this is the time when children learn kindness, respect, tolerance, and honesty. It only makes sense that children lacking these qualities could become the dreaded bully. Over the years bullying has become less accepted in society. Bullying is now seen as a social issue. Children who live in communities that present more challenges then opportunities have a disadvantage at having positive moral development. Where children who like in communities that have peers and adults that model pro-social behavior are more likely to have better moral reasoning.
Many children may experience bullying; either being the bully themselves of the victim in middle childhood. Bulling happens in both direct and indirect fashion. Direct bulling is physically harming another person and indirect bullying includes verbal, psychological, and relational tactics. Studies show that relational bullying is on the rise between females.
In response to the negative consequences that have been linked to bullying, many school districts have implemented bullying prevention and intervention programs with reports of positive results.
By: Julie Lienard