Unit 03

Aggression in Everyday Life

Bullying and Cyberbullying

Unit Summary

Is this just everyday aggression or is it the beginning/continuance of ongoing violence that leads to bullying? Kids, like adults, can be aggressive and they sometimes don’t think about their actions. This can lead to them hurting each other. In this unit we discuss what aggression is, how it is defined, and how to determine if this is nothing to worry about and a one time event or if it is the start of something serious. We explore physical aggression as well as passive aggressive behavior and we use our ongoing case study to give you an example of how simple aggression can quickly turn to bullying.

Additional Article

For many people, passive-aggressive behavior becomes their second nature, making them difficult to coexist with. It is worth getting acquainted with examples of passive aggression, in order to be able to recognize it in everyday life and, for everyone's sake, try to change the attitude of people who use it.

How to Spot Passive-Aggressive Behavior
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Most cases of aggression can be stopped or at least mitigated. Using certain techniques on people who use violence, we are able to find out what causes them to act this way while also making them think about their future behavior. Learn the steps to take in this situation.

Reacting to Aggression


The quiz is not mandatory. The questions are for you to check whether you have fully understood the subject and can use the knowledge in practice. Good luck!
Read the following questions and answer them the way you think is correct

Since you already know different types of aggression, familiarise yourself with Greg’s story and try to define what forms of violence were used in his case.

Greg was attacked by a group of his schoolmates one day after school. It all started with just calling names, then one of the boys started pulling Greg’s jacket. Encouraged by the lack of reaction from the boy, three of the most aggressive boys approached Greg, took his schoolbag, and then put a trash bin on his head.

The whole incident was recorded on a mobile phone and then shared on a school Facebook page with a mocking comment.

Question 1

Has Greg suffered from reactive aggression?


No, as all the actions taken were started and continued strictly to harm the victim and not as a reaction to any of Greg’s behaviour.

Question 2

Has Greg suffered from direct aggression?


Yes, during the whole incident, the aggressors had a direct contact with Greg, and used physical violence towards him.

Question 3

Has Greg suffered from cyberbullying?


Yes, because by publishing the disgracing and humiliating video, the group made Greg suffer even longer.