POPSUGAR Moms Parenting How to Tell If Your Child Is a Bully 7 Signs Your Son May Be a Bully by Leah Rocketto 8/29/14 750 Shares Like us on Facebook View in slideshow Every school has one. The kid who teases everyone in the classroom. The one who pushes others around — literally and figuratively. The boy who the students say is a bully. We all pray that our son won't become a victim, but what if your little guy is the one doing the attacking? You may think, "no, not my son," but it's possible that love makes you blind to his bad behavior. So how can you tell if he is a bully? We rounded up seven classic signs that your son is the boy all his classmates fear. Source: Shutterstock 1 He Gets Frustrated Easily What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Every kid gets upset when they aren't given something they want. If, however, your little guy throws a massive tantrum when things don't go his way, there may be a bigger problem. Source: Shutterstock 1 / 7 2 He Is Overly Competitive What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 It's OK for kids to be competitive, but a "win at all costs" attitude is not acceptable. If your child feels he has to resort to verbal, emotional, or physical attacks to be the best, then you two need to have a serious talk. Source: Shutterstock 2 / 7 3 He Is Exclusive With His Friendships What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Is your tot selective about who he invites over for a playdate? Does he refer to certain classmates as "losers" or "nerds?" This may be a sign that he makes popularity a priority and will do anything to be the top dog. Source: Shutterstock 3 / 7 4 He Blames Others For His Problems What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 When he gets a bad grade, he blames the teacher. When he's involved in a fight, it's the other kid's fault. If your son refuses to accept responsibility for his actions, it could mean that he thinks he is better than others, which makes him treat his "inferiors" poorly. Source: Shutterstock 4 / 7 5 His Friends Aren't So Nice What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 We are always told to beware of the company we keep. When you spend a lot of time with someone, you begin to inherit their traits, especially when you're an impressionable child. So if your son is gravitating toward the school's bad boys, it may be time to intervene. Source: Shutterstock 6 / 7 6 He Shows Agressive Behavior What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 Your son may see this as a sign of dominance, but we see it as a sign of bullying. Whether he's screaming at an adult or hitting his little brother, any type of assault needs to be dealt with. Source: Shutterstock 6 / 7 7 He Has Trouble at School What’s Your Reaction? Thanks for your reaction Don’t forget to share this with your friends! 0 0 0 0 0 0 This has less to do with grades and more to do with behavior. You should be concerned if you receive constant calls from the school principal to talk about your child acting out toward teachers and other students. 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He's in 6th grade and he gets picked on because he acts a bit off, to some, is super short and he talks funny because of a speech delay, he's also super smart at most things that a lot of kids aren't like math and science... It's like he has a bully magnet strapped to his behind. Sadly in our society being even a little different is cause for torment :( 1 year My son has some of these traits but they are better when he's on his Adderall kjforce 1 year Thank you for bringing this issue to attention as it is imperative to address it asap...although this can also be due to a way of getting attention, teasing siblings, and shock therapy ( to parents ) are commonly used. Regular discussions with your children one on one is an excellent way to discovering how and why they interpret and react as they do.Evidently you hit a nerve on this one...thus the feedback you rec'd...good write... AngelaHunter37744 1 year Lol I thought that, my son is ADHD with ASD traits (being assessed for the latter) and he's been bullied through school by children who are true bullies because he sticks out like a sore thumb. RuthEpps 1 year This list applies to boys and girls. This is not unique to boys. The only difference I would say is in the acceptance of aggressive behaviour. I have seen so many parents accept their sons behavior as "boys will be boys:" rather than blatant aggressive behaviour. Tackling, wrestling and general very tactical behavior is not acceptable and should not be encouraged as boy behavior. 1 year lol I don't understand why it becomes an article? girld do bully too you know.and there are other factors too to consider if your child will go bully other kids. 1 year this discussion is pure sexism only involving less than half of the human race. and its a form of bullying in itself. 1 year why is this discussion only about boys anyway, what about girls that get bullied, or have bullied and regret, girls can be alot worse and can be more cruel using more psychological warfare and seriouse physical bullying. 1 year well i dont think bullying just goes on with boys, as a mother of both boys and girls my sons were actually placid, an one did get bullied but my eldest daughter also got bullied so i dont think its exclusive to boys in fact girls can be far worse and more cruel. 1 year They just described a bunch of autistic kids... which are generally the recipients of bullying. LOL Top Notch, reporting -_- 1 year You forgot to list "When your son is bullying people for no reason".