Bullying is a major issue because it can lead to mental anxiety which can affect a child’s ability to excel in school. It can even lead to chronic depression and even suicide in some cases.
Many of us have had that one bully back in school known for spreading malicious news around about how stinky your hair are, often leading us on the verge of crying. Not only such infuriating individuals exist in the premises of kindergarten, but also, as they age, they don’t seem to let go of their intervening nature.
Such people with their stubborn habit of spreading rumors and faking their opinions are prone to exhibit relational aggression, also known as ‘the mean girl phenomenon’, which is commonly found among girls. Recently, during a 10-week, 20-session scientific program called Friend to Friend tried to reduce relational aggression among African-American urban girls ranging from grade 3 to grade 5.
By the end of the program, the researchers found that there were positive mental effects among not only victims of bullying, but also among the parties not directly involved in the bullying, like boys and teachers who were found to be positively influenced by the changes.
In the end lowering the mean girl phenomenon eventually promoted a healthy class environment and student interaction. This intervention gives us hope not to worry about our children or younger siblings being bullied at school when a comforting solution has popped up around the corner.