Anyone can become a victim of bullying but there are certain characteristics in some children that make them more likely to be victimized of bullying.
Here are some of the characteristics that make someone attractive or prone to be bullied by the bullies.
Children who are not confident and are insecure of themselves are more likely to be bullied. They act submissively and anxiously compared to others. They are those that cry often even before bullying begins. There are sensitive, unassertive and insecure which makes them to be a perfect target for the bullies.
Low Peer Acceptance
Children who are victims of bullying are usually those who have fewer friends than children who do not experience bullying. They are often perceived poorly by their peers and they may have experienced peer rejection. They are often found alone at recess and break times.
This poor and negative peer response occurs long before the bullying begins.
“Different” in Some Way
Sad to say, but children with special needs oftentimes become victims of bullying. They are teased, ridiculed or unaccepted because of their incapability and disorders. They are those who have obvious physical or mental disabilities that make them different from others.
Children who are physically weak and sickly also have a risk of being bullied. They appear weaker even at first glance. This can include children who are shorter, thinner or less muscular than others. These victims of bullying also tend to fail at sports because of their physical weakness.
Over Protectiveness of Parents
Having caring and protective parents is not bad at all but over protectiveness can sometimes have negative effects to the child. Kids who are overly pampered tend to be too much dependent and they eventually become subjects of bullying. These are children with parents who tend to avoid open disagreements with their child and try to create a sense of harmony at home all the time. Unfortunately, this can make the child less able to deal with conflict and more likely to be bullied. Parents who are over-involved with their child cannot make up for peer rejection. This can only worsen the child’s problem because he or she will experience more rejection and humiliation. It is better for parents to advise their kids and let them be on their own so they can learn how to deal with their own problems.