Up to 30% of children across the United States experience some form of bullying, and oftentimes, this bullying is happening within the home. It’s been difficult for researchers to pinpoint the difference between normal sibling rivalry and actual harassment, but they’ve determined that bullying is defined as unwanted behavior within an imbalance of power. If this type of behavior is recognized by parents, it is important that they notice what external stimuli are causing the behavior in order to eradicate it.
- Although less frequently researched or discussed, bullying inside the home by siblings is at least as ubiquitous as bullying in school.
- While the line between sibling rivalry and bullying can sometimes be ambiguous, there is no doubt that it can cause serious emotional and psychological harm.
- A failure by parents to control and respond to bullying by a sibling can be traumatic in its own right.
“We now understand that children who are bullied are at greater risk of developing anxiety and depression, among other health concerns, and are more likely to skip or drop out of school altogether”