What is bullying? The answer isn’t as straightforward as you think. Most of us picture a big kid shoving a smaller kid in a locker or stealing their lunch money. But that’s not always the case. Bullying is defined as the act of one person inflicting harm on another person repetitively, and it can take on four different forms: Verbal, Social, Physical and Cyber Bullying.
Verbal Bullying is anything that is considered offensive or threatening to the bullied individual. This can be teasing or name-calling or it can be something bigger like verbal threats.
Social Bullying is often perceived as conducted by girls, however boys bully this way as well. Social Bullying is intentionally manipulating people’s social lives, friendships and reputation. Spreading rumors, leaving people out on purpose, or convincing others to not be friends with the bullied individual are a few examples of social bullying.
Physical Bullying is the most commonly thought of bullying type. Hitting, punching, kicking, shoving and fights on the playground are all examples of physical bullying. And, though physical violence is usually associated with boys, girls also take part in physical bullying.
A newer form of bullying is Cyber Bullying. Cyber bullying is bullying using different electronic platforms like the Internet, social networks, and mobile phones. We’ve all heard of cases where teens had inappropriate pictures of themselves spread on the web, and with the quick ability to share things via social networks and forums these days, rumors spread like wild fire.
The best way to deal with a bully is to report it to an adult. Research has shown that when children, students, teachers, adults stand up to bullies and let them know that there are consequences, the bullying stops.
Schools that have initiated a ‘No Bullying’ campaign have proven to reduce bullying by 15-50%.
If you think your child may be dealing with a bully, or may be bullying another child, check out the resources below for more information.
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