Historically bullying was considered something that one set of children – bullies – do to another set – victims. Research shows a significant proportion of children who are experiencing bullying, also bully. Techniques for helping children extract themselves from a bullying culture include them understanding and talking about their losses and gains and why they are involved in such behaviour.
When asked why they bully many children say, ‘…because we don’t like that person’. They sense that if you don’t like someone it’s okay to be nasty – an attitude absorbed from others. Changing such relationships requires engaging children in thinking about how they think about and act towards the kinds of people they don’t like.’