Bullying is a serious problem that affects families across the nation. This growing problem often times ends in tragedy. Research shows bullying among girls is a complex issue, and often times it goes undetected, until it’s too late.
According to David P. Farrington, professor of psychological criminology at Cambridge University, females mostly bully each other verbally and psychologically.
In her report, Bullying: What are the Differences between Boys and Girls?, Dr. Tanya Beran states, “Girls tend to bully other girls indirectly through the peer group. Rather than bully a targeted child directly, girls more often share with other girls (and boys) hurtful information about the targeted child.”
Examples of this behavior includes: telling a group of girls an embarrassing story about another girl, creating mean names, gossip, and coming up with ways of letting the girl know that she is rejected from the peer group by saying mean things about her on social networking sites such as Facebook.
CBS News reports two girls were arrested in the Florida bullying case after one of them admitted online over the weekend that she harassed a 12-year-old girl who killed herself last month.
The girl is accused of threatening to beat up 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, telling her "to drink bleach and die".