Intimidating children

Posted by / 07-Dec-2017 08:05

Intimidating children

A child who is mean or aggressive at school could be acting out the interactions he sees at home, or working through his feelings about them.As parents, we don’t have to worry about every little spousal tiff, though, since constructive fighting (in which parents vet feelings, listen to each other, and come to solutions) can actually boost a child’s level of social skill.Television We’ve all heard that violent screen time makes kids more physically aggressive.But surprisingly, educational TV (which most of our kids watch regularly) seems to make kids mean in a different way.When I watch little kids at work, it’s clear that a lot of the insults, grabbing, and put-downs are part of this experimentation with social dynamics. And (as I shutter to remember from my own playground experiences as a kid) meanness can draw attention and wield power.If a child rises to the top of the pack by intimidating or putting down others, it’s a technique that might just stick.Studies have shown that the more educational television kids watch, the more relationally aggressive (manipulative, insulting, and so forth) they are to their peers.

For example, earlier this year, in a study in the , researchers found that kids who had poor theory of mind skills at age five were more likely to both bully, and be bullied, at age 12.Temperament Yes, parenting is important, but kids who are mean may be wired differently as well.For example, children who show impulsive-hyperactive behavior in early childhood are more likely to be physically aggressive in middle childhood.What makes little kids mean, and why are some meaner than others?Is it in their DNA, the media they consume, or their home environment?

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