They justify bad behavior
Bullies may attempt to shift blame to the victim rather than themselves. Jay Clark, a licensed professional counselor in La Crosse, Wisconsin, says a behavior that tends to correlate with bullying is when a child fails to recognize their actions may be contributing to a problem. Emotions may quickly escalate in intensity in a child with bullying tendencies, and they feel justified in treating another child badly. They may feel the other child “has it coming.” These are signs your child is being bullied.
They have friends who act aggressively
Children who bully often don’t have a shortage of friends. In reality, they usually have a large network of friends and a smaller, intimate group that encourages bullying behavior, according to the Pacer Center. No parent wants to find out their child is ill-behaved toward other students. However, if your child’s friends are mean toward other kids, or if they engage in some other type of bullying, your child might be participating in bullying as well.