Teasing and bullying are common especially among school going children. Research shows that bullying is a huge menace, with thirty percent of the children are involved in bullying. The children may fall into three categories namely, the victim, the bully and the person who bully and gets intimidated at the same time. However, teasing and bullying are considered as two individual acts although one could lead to another. Teasing is considered as a playful and deliberate provocation, and it can result in both positive and adverse outcomes (Serafina, 2015). The person performing the action of teasing can have positive motives; however, it all depends on the person being teased, whereby, in this case, we can consider their reaction. On the other hand, bullying is considered a blatant act of aggression, whose aim is to harm the other person. Most bullies’ motives are to assert power over a person they may consider to be weak and vulnerable. Teasing and bullying can have adverse impacts on children.
Teasing and bullying among children is considered as a global issue. Various theories are used to explain bullying, for instance, the social information processing theory. The theory is among the best theory describing aggressive behavior among individuals. Most of the bullies show aggressive behaviors and studies show that aggressive children have minimal memory and behavioral responses biologically. According to the social processing model, children emphasize on cognitive signs through six processing steps (Harris, 2009). In case there is a deficit during one or more steps in the process it can lead to violent behavior. For instance, in the classroom if there is a student who has experienced a deficit in one stage they are highly likely to show signs of being a bully.
Another theory that can be used in explaining bullying among children is resource control theory. The theory involves of behaviors enacted with an aim of gaining and using material and social resources. It emphasizes on the purpose of the action. The approaches in the theory include pro-social and coercive methods. Pro-social appro