When we look at the data from the classroom, we see that students who perceive a teacher as unfair are more likely to have aggressive bullying-type behaviours.

A child who perceives an unfair situation does not feel in control. They will go out looking for control somewhere else as a result. Behaviours like aggression and bullying can be a response to feeling injustice somewhere else.

Make sure that your child understands why the rules exist, some of the principles behind them, and what you’re trying to accomplish with the rules. This will help to preserve their autonomy and prevent them from seeking out control in a more negative way.