Boys Will Be Boys by Leneita Fix
More than a decade ago The National Education Association for School Psychologists claimed that more than 160,000 students miss school DAILY because of the fear of being bullied. Today this same association says that about 15% of those absent from school daily are because of a fear of being made fun of or to avoid facing those who have been taunting them online.
Statistics also show boys are more likely to bully and be bullied.
When you dig into the characteristics of kids who are more “likely” to be bullied there seems to be conflicting articles. They can be popular or reclusive. Perhaps they have an “outstanding” physical characteristic, illness or disability. They might be someone others are jealous of. As a boy in particular they could be creative, sensitive and more “friend-centric” than aggressive.
What I am noticing is when you add this all up adolescent boys who see themselves as emotional, compassionate, loyal, and respectful or “not fitting the male stereotype” live in fear of being made fun of. They don’t know where they fit into the current society of guys.The role models they see in our media they want to emulate are athletic, strong, confident, and loud. Continue reading