8 Ways to Recognize a Bully

In this article, we will talk about bullying and we will give 8 ways to recognize a bully. Parents need to understand that the bullying phenomenon is usual and they should know how to protect their children. In general, bully is the person that intends to hurt another person and can be a boy or a girl. Bully can be a student with good or bad grades, coming from a wealthy or not wealthy family, with high or low educational status. Bully may be popular and high achiever or loner who has only a few friends and yearn for attention.

How can we recognize a bully?

According to the official website of the United States government https://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html there are 8 basic ways to recognize a bully. Bullies usually;

  1. get into physical or verbal fights
  2. have friends who bully others
  3. get increasingly aggressive
  4. get sent to the principle’s office or to detention frequently
  5. have unexplained extra money or new belongings
  6. blame others for their problems
  7. don’t accept responsibility for their actions
  8. are competitive and worry about their reputation or popularity

Why is it so important to identify a bully?

The answer is “prevention”! Bullying has many different views. The view of victim is totally painful, but the view of bully is hard too. Parents, educators, students and school community need to realize that there aren’t bad children. There are only bad behaviours. Children who treat like that have unsolved problems. We don’t want to isolate those children, but we want to learn to our children how to identify that hurtful phenomenon. Besides, it’s only them who know what really happens among peers. That’s our special opportunity to a peaceful school environment.


For further information about bullying, try to visit the website https://www.edutopia.org/topic/bullying-prevention and watch the following video which explains when someone is being bullied.

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  1. I think this is a good start to bringing awareness on the topic. Perhaps, it can be more engaging if a story was told or experiences were shared. Does anyone want to talk about their experiences?

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