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Types of Bullying Every Parent Should Know

Aug 6 2019 By Sriya

Does your child seem sad while going to school and after coming back home?

Similarly, does your child locks him/her alone in the room for long period of time?

You might notice significant change in your child’s attitude, but they refuse to talk about it.

These changes can occur for many different reasons, but more often, it’s because they have started getting bullied by another child at school.

According to Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 47% of Canadian parents report having a child who is a victim of bullying!

That’s almost half the child population. Researchers have been studying bullying for years now.

What they have discovered is that that there is much more to bullying than meets the eye.

For instance, people think bullying as physical harassment, but there’s more to bullying.

In fact, there are different types of bullying, including everything from excluding and gossiping about people.

What’s more, not all bullies are same. There are different tactics to intimidate and control the victim.

Therefore, as a parent you need to know what type of bullying your child is suffering from and ways to control it.

In this article, we bring you different types of bullies you should know about as a parent so that you can save your child from getting bullied.

Physical Bullying

Physical bullying is the most obvious form of bullying anyone would notice.

Most often, physical bullying occurs when kids use physical actions to gain power and control over their targets.

Hence, physical bullies seems to be bigger, stronger, and more aggressive than their peers.

For instance, a group leader targets another child because he/she is weak or have certain history with the group.

Then the leader starts physical bullying by kicking, hitting, punching, slapping, or doing other physical acts.

Unlike other forms of bullying, physical bulling is the easiest to identify.

Additionally, it has historically received more attention from schools than other types of bullying.

Therefore, if your child refuses to talk about it and as a parent if you ignore it, physical bullying can play with your child’s sentiments.

Verbal Bullying

Unlike physical bullying, verbal bullying is common yet not easily noticeable until and unless you talk about it.

Perpetrates of verbal bullying use words, statements, and name-calling to gain power and control over the target.

Typically, verbal bullies will use different tactics to insult and hurt another person.

They choose their targets based on the way they look, act, or behave.

Also, it’s common for verbal bullies to target kids with special needs and people who are week to reply back.

Verbal bullying is often very difficult to identify because attacks almost always occur when adults aren’t around.

As a result, the victim cannot go against the bullies and fight with it.

Additionally, many kids do not speak about it with their parents and even if they do parents tell them to ignore it.

However, every parents should take action to verbal bullying because if they don’t, it can leave deep emotional scars to the children.

Relational Aggression

Relational aggression is a sneaky and insidious type of bullying that often goes unnoticed by many.

Often referred as emotional bullying, relational aggression is a type of social manipulation.

These type of bullying is often seem with teens when the bullies try to hurt their peers or sabotage their social standing.

Relational bullies often play with the victims feelings when they want their work to be done.

Similarly, they ostracize others from a group, spread rumors, manipulate situations, and break confidences.

The goal behind relational bullying is to increase their own social standing by controlling others.

In general, teenage girls tend to get relationally bullied by their friends or boyfriends.

As a result, a teen receiving relational bullying is likely to be teased, insulted, and ignored.

Cyber Bullying

Cyberbullying is undoubtedly the most dangerous and popping bullying these days.

A person uses the Internet, a smartphone, or other technology to harass, threaten, and embarrass the victim.

Cyberbullying is most commonly seen with teenage girls getting harassed with sexual images.

The bullies often do so because they want to take revenge with the victim or want their work to be done.

After all, cyberbullying is all part of blackmailing the victim for a particular reason.

Because teens are always “plugged in,” cyberbullying is a growing issue among young generation.

Cyberbullies often say things that they do not have the courage to say face-to-face.

Hence, in order not to get insulted among friends and family members, the victims try to resolve it on their own.

However, the more victims try to hide it and fulfill the demand of the bullies, the more they target.

Sexual Bullying

Sexual bullying consists of repeated, harmful, and humiliating actions that target a person sexually.

Again, sexual bullying occurs mostly with the teenagers especially with girls.

Victims of sexual bullying have to deal with sexual name-calling, crude comments, and vulgar gestures, uninvited touching.

For instance, a bully might make a cruel comment about appearance, attractiveness, sexual development, or sexual activity.

In extreme cases, sexual bullying opens the door to sexual assault.

Similarly, sexting also can lead to sexual bullying. For instance, a girl may send a photo of herself to a boyfriend.

After the breakup, the guy might share that photos with his friends or entire school.

Then the girl becomes the target of sexual bulling because people start to make fun or her body.

Most victims of sexual bullying do not share the problems with their parents with the fear of being insulted or beaten.

Again, unlike physical bullying, sexual bullying is also hard to identify unless it turns serious.

Prejudicial Bullying

Very common yet rarely recognized type of bullying is prejudicial bullying.

Prejudicial bullying is based on prejudices teens have towards people of different races, religions, or sexual orientation.

This type of bullying can encompass all the other types of bullying including cyberbullying, verbal bullying, and physical bullying.

Hence, in prejudicial bullying kids target others who are different from them and singling them out.

Oftentimes, this type if bullying is severe and can open the door to hate crimes.

Therefore, any time a child is bullied for sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, or color must be immediately reported.


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