Bullying occurs in many different forms, with varying levels of severity. It may involve:
- Physical Bullying—poking, pushing, hitting, kicking, beating up
- Verbal Bullying—yelling, teasing, name-calling, insulting, threatening to harm
- Indirect Bullying—ignoring, excluding, spreading rumors, telling lies, getting others to hurt someone
- Cyberbullying - tormenting, threatening, harassing, humiliating, embarrassing, or otherwise targeting using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies, or mobile phones
How Can I Tell if Someone is Being Bullied?
- If the bully’s aggressive behavior is deliberate.
- If the bully intends to cause emotional distress or physical harm.
- If the bully’s behavior occurs more than once.
- If the bully and the victim both feel that the bully is more powerful than the victim.
- If the bully’s behavior involves hitting, kicking, shoving, or spitting.
- If the bully’s behavior involves taunting, teasing, racial name calling, or verbal harassment.
- If the bully’s behavior is threatening or involves obscene gestures.
Where Bullying Occurs:
- School bus
- Athletic field
- Locker room
- Residence hall
- On internet and social networking sites
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying, instead of happening face-to-face, happens through the use of technology such as computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices. Cyberbullying peaks around the end of middle school and the beginning of high school.
- Sending hurtful, rude, or mean text messages to others
- Spreading rumors or lies about others by e-mail or on social networks
- Creating websites, videos, or social media profiles that embarrass, humiliate, or make fun of others