Most Common Types Of Bullying: How To Recognize If Someone Is Bullied?
October 22, 2018 16:27 By Fabiosa
The XXI century disease, children’s permissiveness, school shootings, mental health issues – what is in common between these things? It is bullying. Bullying is sometimes called the XXI century disease; some people believe that it occurs due to children’s permissiveness and lack of parenting; according to different studies, bullying is highly correlated with school shootings; and finally, bullying can lead to serious short to long-term mental health issues. Although the subject isn’t yet fully understood, we can surely state that bullying can have a serious negative impact on our society.
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Types of bullying: recognizing the issue
With the development of technologies and accessibility of the Internet, cyber bullying quickly becomes one of the most common types of bullying, and it surely can be extremely devastating. To protect our children, though, we have to learn about different types of bullying, as they require different approach and actions to be taken:
1. Physical bullying
The classic form of bullying is physical bullying. Probably all of us are familiar with the situations where one student pushes or hit the other one to assert dominance. Physical bullying also includes damaging property. Parents should never underestimate the possible short to long-term damage from physical bullying.
2. Verbal bullying
Many of us had nicknames at school years. Though the bullying issue really rose relatively recently, children have been insulting, teasing and intimidating each other for a very long time. Verbal abuse can indeed be unbearable and cause even more damage than physical bullying. Children can be very mean especially to those who they consider weak.
3. Social bullying
Spreading rumors, making negative faces and gestures, mimicking unkindly, playing harmful jokes, embarrassing someone in public, and more are the signs of social bullying. Since children are especially in need of social acceptance in order to form an idea of themselves, social abuse means rejection in the most dangerous way.
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The described above forms of bullying are considered traditional ones. The following ones affect specific groups of children. Let’s take a closer look at them.
4. Gender bullying
Girls can be bullied for basically the same reasons as boys. However, the former ones are at higher risk of being sexually bullied and harassed. Gender bullying isn’t new, and we have to realize that it can produce devastating consequences, as this kind of bullying can be both verbal and physical.
5. Racist bullying
We have been fighting against racial discrimination for so many years, yet still, some children bully others because of their skin color. These children usually have such racist thoughts embedded by their parents. Therefore, racist bullying is definitely a part of the much bigger issue.
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6. Homophobic bullying
There’s nothing much to say about homophobic bullying, as it is just an obvious consequence of homophobic issue in the world. Our society is still divided with one camp that is against non-traditional sexual orientations, and the opposite one. Naturally, many children adopt their parents’ views and then, apply those views inside their school community. The LGBTQ youth most often suffers from cyber bullying.
7. Cyber bullying
There’s a joke about this modern type of bullying: “How is cyber bullying real?” Can it cause the same real damage to the child if it occurs virtually? And the answer is absolutely yes! So many children actually commit suicide because of the threats, mockery, trolling and other harmful actions online. For us parents, it is important to understand that virtual social life is real for our children.
8. Workplace bullying
Believe it or not, some children do not change some specific traits of their behavior even in adulthood. Therefore, cases of workplace bullying aren’t rare. This kind of bullying includes verbal, psychological, and even physical abuse, and mostly aimed to humiliate the victim and assert the dominance. Such malicious behavior should not be tolerated ever.
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It’s not really hard to believe in the fact that bullying can have absolutely devastating short to long-term effects on the victims. From low self-esteem to committing suicide – it all depends on certain cases. However, another horrifying effect of bullying is a mass homicide. It is estimated that around 75% of all school shootings were caused by immense bullying.
Together we can stop bullying. Together we can prevent tragedies. And most importantly we can save lives. Let’s raise awareness about the XXI century disease. Let’s help our children!