Bullying vs Violence – there can be a fine line in the difference of bullying and violence. This article offers commonalities of violence and bullying, and compares differences in bullying vs violence. Get tips for reducing bullying and violence.

Part II

Violence and bullying

  • While violence and violent crimes have generally been decreasing in America, bullying has not.
  • Violence is against the law, while bullying generally isn’t unless it crosses the line into harassment or assault.
  • Though violence is generally seen as an unacceptable type of behavior, more people accept bullying as a normal part of life.

Among teens, where violence and bullying are most common, violence is often linked to gangs, drugs, an impoverished neighborhood with fewer perceived opportunities, poor attachment to school, and poor academic accomplishment. Boys are much more likely to be involved in violence than girls. Bullying, on the other hand, is based on individuals, who may be boys or girls, but are often those who feel a need to be powerful and in control. Bullying victims may be students who do not know how to stand up to bullies.

School violence is often addressed by trying to reduce gang involvement, drug use, poor academic achievement, and anger management problems among students. Bullying requires different strategies. Other students may think bullying is normal or not know how to stand up to bullies, so education is an important prevention strategy for bullying, as is taking bullying seriously and instituting a zero-tolerance policy.

Despite their differences, there are strong links between bullying and violence. Both bullies and their victims are more likely to engage in other violent behavior. Victims generally suffer from depression and low self-esteem and may lash out violently, while bullies are more likely than others to engage in violent criminal behavior. Both violence and bullying can cause students to be afraid and to skip school.

Some common factors of that may contribute to bullying and violence are:

  • Severe physical punishments used at home
  • Lack of parental involvement
  • Lack of knowledge about positive ways to deal with problems

Addressing these problems with positive parenting and by teaching problem solving skills and anger management could help reduce violence and bullying among some teens.