Different Kinds of Bullying


There are many different kinds of bullying. We have listed here the most prevalent types of bullying.

Physical bullying: This type of bullying is the one we think of first. It includes any and all physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like hitting, kicking, punching, etc. For example, if someone was walking down the street and someone came up to them and shoved them to the ground, that would be physical bullying.

It also can be taking something that belongs to someone else and destroying e.g. taking someone’s ball and throwing it over a fence that the bully knows would make retrieval of the ball difficult, or just destroying it. About one third of all bullying in schools is physical.

Verbal bullying: This is typically name-calling, teasing making offensive remarks. Making jokes about a person's religion, gender, ethnic or economic status are all forms of verbal bullying anything can be used to hurt the victim emotionally .For example, if there was a group of kids who made fun of another kid because he couldn't run as fast as everyone else, it would be an example of verbal bullying. About half of all bullying in schools is the verbal type. Verbal aggression is when a bully teases someone and threatens physical violence.

It’s called Intimidation when a bully threatens someone else and frightens that person enough to make him or her do what the bully wants. It can also include a bully making verbal threats of violence or aggression against someone's personal property.

Indirect bullying: This is when stories are spread around about the victim, or spreading rumours whether they be true or not. Telling others about something that was told to you in confidence, excluding others from groups. An example would be if you started a rumour that a boy in your class likes playing with dolls, and if the reason that you made up the story was because you thought it was funny. This would be indirect bullying.

Cyber bullying is also a type of indirect bullying that is potentially one step worse because it can and most often is sent anonymously and is done by using all the latest electronic devices i-pads, tablets, computers etc (email & instant messages), most newer mobile phones are capable of connecting straight to the internet and all social media as well as (text messaging & voicemail) taking photos or videos. For instance, if you sent a picture of a snake in an email to a person because you know that they are afraid of snakes, that would be an example of cyber bullying. Unfortunately this type of bullying is having a meteoritic rise as more and more children have access to this form of electronic devices. 

Social alienation also a type of indirect bullying. This is when a bully excludes someone from a group on purpose most often because that person exhibits some form of difference in either the way they look, sound or act. It really can be anything it doesn’t have to make sense to us just to the bully, making fun of someone by pointing out their differences to their group makes them feel better about themselves.

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