Who Gets Bullied


They tend to have at least one, or usually several, of the characteristics listed below. These lists only indicate main trends; in some cases, victims may be quite different. Potential victims of bullying can be divided into two main groups:

The passive or submissive victim

Most children in this category are not aggressive or teasing in their manner and usually do not actively provoke others in their surroundings. However, passive victims of bullying generally signal, through their behavior and attitudes, that they are a bit anxious and unsure of themselves.

Detailed interviews with parents of bullied boys predominantly of the passive/ submissive type indicate that these boys were characteristically rather careful and sensitive from an early age. Having this kind of personality (possibly in addition to physical weakness) may have made it difficult for them to assert themselves in their group of playmates, which may have contributed to these boys becoming victims of bullying. At the same time, it is obvious that long-term bullying probably increased their anxiety, insecurity, and negative self-image.

The features that can be seen in long-suffering victims of bullying may be both a cause for, and a result of, being bullied.

These students are usually quiet, careful, sensitive, and may start crying easily.

They are unsure of themselves and have poor self confidence (negative self-image).

The boys in this group do not like to fight, and they are often physically weaker than their classmates, especially the bullies.

tempered and may

This category is less common and accounts for only try to retaliate if they are attacked or about 10 to 20 percent of the victims. , , , harassed, but often

A class with a provocative victim of bullying without much generally has somewhat different problems than a success.

class with a passive victim. It is more common that a number of students, sometimes the whole class, may be involved in harassing the provocative victim. They are often restless, clumsy, immature, unable to concentrate, and generally considered difficult.

Some may be characterized as hyperactive (unsettled and restless because of concentration difficulties) and often have reading/ writing problems.

They may themselves try to bully weaker students.

They may also be disliked by adults— their teacher, for example—because of their irritating behavior.


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