Knowing and #understanding the #different types of #bullying

Physical bullying is any unwanted physical contact between the bully and the victim. This is one of the most easily identifiable forms of bullying.

There are different forms of bullying.  It is important to identify them so that victims will know that they are being bullied, and that it is not a normal accepted behaviour pattern. We must always bear in mind that bullying is a recurring behaviour pattern.

Physical bullying is any unwanted physical contact between the bully and the victim.  This is one of the most easily identifiable forms of bullying. They could take the form of punching, pushing, shoving, kicking, inappropriate touching, tickling, headlocks, pranks, teasing, fighting and the use of available objects as weapons.

Emotional bullying is any form of bullying that causes damage to a victim’s psyche and/or emotional well-being.  This could be by spreading malicious rumours about people, keeping people out of a group, getting people to ‘gang up’ on others, making fun of people, ignoring people on purpose, harassment, provocation, pretending the victim is non-existent, saying hurtful things or belittling others.

Verbal bullying is any slanderous statements or accusations that cause the victim undue emotional stress.  This is caused by using derogatory terms or defaming a person’s name, commenting negatively on person’s looks, clothes, body, etc, tormenting, harassing, teasing or belittling.

Cyber-bullying can easily go undetected because of lack of parental supervision.  Bullies can pose as someone else; it is the most anonymous form of bullying.  Cyber bullying includes abuse using email, blog, instant messaging, text messaging, or websites.  A lot of kids who are bullied in school are likely to be bullied over the internet, and vice versa.

Sexual bullying is any bullying behaviour, whether physical or non-physical, that is based on a person’s sexuality or gender.  It is when sexuality or gender is used as a weapon by the opposite gender, although it is more commonly directed at girls.  It can be carried out to a person’s face, behind their back or through the use of technology.

Pack bullying is bullying undertaken by a group.  Pack bullying is more prominent in high schools.  Pack bullying may be physical bullying or emotional bullying.  It can take place anywhere on the school premises.