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The 4 Types of Bullying

Updated on December 15, 2017
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Mamma Z is the Author and Illustrator of the Children's Book Series "Zombie Squirts." She is on a mission to eliminate bullying!

There are Many Types of Bullying

Bullying isn't just a blanket term...

The term "bullying" can wear many different hats. It isn't just a blanket statement that covers every aspect of the word. There are multiple forms of Bullying and different levels that they can each be taken to.

However, it works very simply in our minds if we can group things together to gain a much better understanding about it. So, I have taken the liberty to break down the different types of Bullying into simple-to-understand bullet points that list them into four categories:

  1. Physical
  2. Emotional
  3. Cyber
  4. Social

Keep in mind we will not being going into the individual effects each of these have on the victim, but just explaining what they are so you can better see these things happening around you in a clearer light. It is always a good idea to find some books, videos or other media content that can open the discussion of bullying with your kids!

Sometimes once you can identify the monster for exactly what it is and break it apart piece by piece, that is when you are able to learn its weaknesses and hopefully eliminate it!

It's important to stand up to all forms of bullying, and it's even more important for those who are around you to be just as courageous and stand with you!

— Normani Kordei

4. Social Bullying

This one can be hard to pin point...

Social bullying is sort of a hard one to identify. It really is unlike all the other forms of bullying. As you dive into the other forms, your will find that the other 3 are mainly directed towards someone right to them specifically.

With social bullying, it is technically an act that involves talking petty behind someone's back. This could be through:

  • Hurtful Rumors
  • Awful Jokes about the victim to other people
  • Laughing at the Victims Expense
  • Getting Others Involved to Bash or Bad Mouth the Victim

When this form of bullying is presented, it may be easier to overlook due to the non-confrontational aspect. However, it needs to be taken just as serious as any other form of bullying and stopped immediately. This type of behavior should never be acceptable because once it begins, it is a difficult monster to stop.

Social bullying is like a gateway bullying system. They try it and get away with it, or are never held accountable for their actions. This can lead to a life-long pattern of terrible behaviors that could get others or even themselves hurt.

Not everyone has been a bully or the victim of bullies, but everyone has seen bullying, and seeing it, has responded to it by joining in or objecting, by laughing or keeping silent, by feeling disgusted or feeling interested.

— Octavia E. Butler

3. Cyber Bullying

Cyber-Bullying is Serious

Cyber bullying has really taken force in the last few years. Ever since the ability to contact anything at virtually anytime for any reason, people have found a way to take an amazing form of technology and use it for evil. Cyber-bullying can be broken into two main categories:

  1. Hardware
  2. Software

Hardware

Hardware is anything physically tangible to a human being. There are multiple ways that bullying has been channeled through a form of hardware. Some examples are:

  • Computer
  • Tablets
  • Smart phones

Software

Of course, being able to use a smart phone, tablet or computer is one thing, but how are people most likely connected through these devices? That's right, through the Software that enables direct communication from one person/party to another. Some examples are

  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • Email
  • Instant messaging

There has been a small debate on whether or not cyber-bullying really is a form of true "bullying" or not. When it comes right down to it, if you are involved in something that is actively meant to diminish, hurt or cause physical/mental damage to another human being... You are a bully. It does not matter how or where you perform the action.

Period. End of story.

2. Verbal Bullying

Words carry weight...

Verbal bullying is by far the most common form of bullying that presents itself. This is such a subtle way of bullying that at the moment may seem harmless, but it is far from it.

Verbal bullying is when something is spoken out towards a victim by the bully themselves. The main direction the bully is shooting for is to try and cut down the victim using words.

We have all heard the phrase "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

This is a nice phrase used to show kids and adults that we don't need to take what other people say about us to heart. It promotes us to take more action for ourselves and not let others get the best of us. But, let's be honest, WORDS DO HURT. In fact, they hurt quite a bit depending on context and the situational instance.

Forms of verbal bullying include:

  • Name Calling
  • Teasing
  • Racist Comments
  • General Insults

Let's Hear from You...

Have you ever experienced Verbal Bullying?

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1. Physical Bullying

Get your Hands OFF!

So, last but not least, we get to the end of the Bullying Saga. We have so far discussed three forms of bullying:

  • Social
  • Cyber
  • Verbal

The one that I wanted to save for last is extremely important because it is the one that can get out of hand the quickest, which means it needs to be acted upon IMMEDIATELY.

Physical Bullying

Physical Bullying is when someone has broken the boundaries of the internet, their social status and even gone further than saying hurtful things to someone. They have now decided that physical violence is the "answer."

Physical Bullying is any of the following, but not limited to:

  • Kicking
  • Hitting
  • Grabbing
  • Pushing
  • Attacks

If you are a victim of bullying and you have had any of these (or others) happen to you... You need to SPEAK UP! If you are a witness to these actions and you aren't sure what you should do, follow these steps. They will get you at least on the right track.

Do not brush off these signs of attacks, whether you are a victim or a bystander. Remember, if you do NOTHING to help the victim, you are no better than the bully. Speak up.


Let's Hear from You...

Which of these Forms of Bullying to you think is the worst?

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The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing

— Albert Einstein

© 2017 Mamma Z

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