Middle childhood is marked by several changes leading to identity formation. During this period, children begin expanding views of themselves and their social world and are acquiring fundamental skills important to navigate their environments. Additionally, children are exposed to adults and peers outside the family. Key social events include entry into preschool and elementary school, and the introduction of school opens up an entirely new world of relationships with others. It is at school that friendships become increasingly important as children start to build relationships with other people outside of the family unit. Also, at this stage, children become selective about who they choose as friends and start making judgments about other children.
For this Discussion, you explore the role peer and group acceptance has on identity development and successful adjustment among children in middle childhood.
Adolescent bullying is a very real problem in schools. One in every four students report being bullied in schools (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015). Of those bullied, a large number do not report it. Bullying includes behaviors that focus on making someone else feel inadequate or belittling the individual. Adolescent bullying may take many forms, such as physical harm, verbal threats, and relational or social condemnation including but not limited to harassment, repeated demeaning speech, and efforts to ostracize another person. Technological tools and applications such as computers and cell phones have also rapidly become popular for engaging in bullying behaviors. The effects that come with bullying can have a stunting impact on an individual’s development physically, emotionally, and/or socially.For this Discussion, you analyze a case study focused on bullying.To prepare for this Discussion, watch the Southside Community Services: Amy, Episode 1 video listed in the Learning Resources.
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