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Childhood Bullying- Stop It Before It Ever Begins... and Really bad Things Happen

Jonathan Hinshaw - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

By Rodney E Henderson

June 9, 2014

“Bullying can start as early as 3rd grade, and peak in middle school and high school.”         

 -    www.what doyouchoose.org

 As we start to wind down this series, I have chosen to take a contrarian position to some articles and statistics I have reviewed in the process of working on these articles. While all these sites are well-intended, I cannot help think that academia based on cold statistics rather than real life experiences have governed their findings. Bullying can start as early as 3rd grade??? I don’t mean to mock the writer, but are you kidding me? Statistics be damned – I will state unflinchingly that bullying can start as early as pre-school and is very prevalent in 3rd grade (9 to 10 year olds), rather than ‘can start...’ Perhaps the statement was referencing a particular form of bullying, but it did not say, and in support of all my writings to this point, I feel compelled to drive home the point that the seeds of bullying and anti-bullying are planted before this behavior ever manifests itself. A child does not really understand the exact meaning of the words ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ but they know that they are good things because in a healthy environment, they receive positive reinforcement of some kind every time they say these words.

As stated in prior articles, early childhood development takes a very linear approach to learning – entertainment which captures the child’s attention, sticky learning through some form of ongoing activity (e.g. games), and positive reinforcement from the child’s sphere of influence. This cannot happen without the direct and support of the primary sphere of influence in a young child’s life – their parents.


Yours in early childhood development,

Rodney E Henderson


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