There are age differences in how peers respond to antisocial popular kids.The social impact of these children tends to be highest during the middle school years.For instance, these children will act in friendly ways toward certain children but ignore, exclude, and spread mean gossip about other children.
They hang around the edges of the popular group, hoping for acceptance.
- At the bottom of the social hierarchy are about 1/10 of students who don't belong to any clique and are socially isolated.
These children are at risk for being targets of bullying.
Do you consider popularity an important goal for kids or teens?
For example, La Fontana and Cillessen found that less than 10 percent of children in grades one through four consider popularity more important than friendship, but over a quarter of 5th through 8th graders and one-third of 9th through 12th graders did.