ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The 4 Types of Bullying

Updated on December 15, 2017
Zombiesquirts profile image

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 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


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?

See results

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?

See results

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


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image


      9 months ago


    • profile image


      14 months ago


    • profile image


      14 months ago

      let's make a change!!! YAY!

    • profile image


      14 months ago

      I am crying right now! #so sad

    • profile image

      losper john j.g good luck have a nice weekend change too 

      16 months ago

      people lets change do'nt bully other pls L.J.J.G.J.J


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)