034 - Bullying QUiz

Post date: Nov 30, 2015 9:16:15 PM

Counselor Notes 34

February 11, 2015

Bullying Quiz

To promote awareness on the topic of bullies, here is a little just-for-fun quiz. These are all true/false questions. The answers are listed at the bottom. You can record your answers and check your score and see how you do if you wish.

Here are the 20 true/false questions:

1. Bullying is worst during the high school years.

2. Bullies tend to be failures in school.

3. Bullies are unpopular and have few friends.

4. A bully may continue that way on into adulthood.

5. Bullies can be boys as well as girls.

6. Bullies generally have low self-esteem.

7. Most bullying occurs at school.

8. The most common bully is an older student in a lower grade.

9. Someone who is being bullied needs to fight back.

10. Between 6th and 10th grade, bullying affects about 1 in 5 schoolchildren.

11. About 75% of bullies are boys.

12. Studies show that harshly punitive home environments can breed children who are at risk of becoming aggressive, emotionally dysregulated victims.

13. Children who become bullies were themselves previously abused.

14. Studies show that bullies lack prosocial behavior, are untroubled by anxiety, and do not understand others' feelings. They typically see themselves quite positively.

15. Bullies can be popular because they are socially dominant, but their peers really don't like them

16. Bullies outgrow bullying.

17. Bullies seek power because they feel powerless.

18. An adult was notified in less than half of bullying incidents.

19. The best way to manage a bully is to fight back.

20. Bullying is a problem for schools to solve.

Bullies Quiz Answers

The answers #1 through 11 come from In the book Preventing Bullying At School by Dr. Beverly Title and James Bitney. The answers to numbers 12 through 20 (except #18) come from https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/201406/bully-pulpit

Here are the answers to the True / False quiz given above:

1. False - bullying tends to peak during 8th grade and then subsides.

2. False - most bullies are average students.

3. False - most bullies have followers. It is the victims who tend to have few friends.

4. True.

5. True

6. False - bullies often have very good self-esteem and their power over others is a source of pride.

7. True

8. True

9. False - Many bullies are excited by the victim who tries to fight back. Bullies often do their bullying in front of their followers and will not back down. Best to go to an adult for assistance.

10. False - it is worse than that. A nationwide study reported that 1 in 3 school children are affected.

11. False - boys commit more aggressive acts, but girls bully as well. Girls generally bully through more subtle means, attacking the victims relationships with other girls. They do this with about the same frequency as boys do the overt physical type bullying.

12. True

13. False - Long-term studies of very young children who experienced abuse in preschool show that they become victims—not bullies—who have little control over their emotions.

14. True

15. True

16. False - Some do; multiple factors influence development. But many who bully carry their social interaction patterns into adulthood, Pepler has found. They are at high risk of dating aggression and are highly likely to sexually harass peers. Aggression is one of the most stable behavior patterns.

17. False - Bullies use aggression in a calculated, dominating way to get what they want, and often it works. Many children experiment with power tactics early on but give them up in adolescence.

18. True - One study showed adults are notified 40% of the time. http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/warning-signs/index.html

19. False - Physical confrontation is the weaker position and encourages bullies to continue. Social assertiveness is better. Walking away is best of all.

20. False - "It's a societal problem. School is where it happens, because that's where children gather," says Pepler. "Adults set the tone that shapes behavior for the children." notes Schwartz, "There is no research showing which school variables predict who gets bullied or not."

Those parents who want to read more on bullying may find these sites of interest:

Izzy Kalman https://www.psychologytoday.com/experts/izzy-kalman writes on bullying for Psychology Today and his blog is worth following. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/resilience-bullying

The book Bully Nation by Dr. Susan Eva Porter is also recommended.

Doug Muha Ed.S.

School Counselor

Waverly Elementary School