Types of Bullying
There are three types of bullying:
• Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:
o Inappropriate sexual comments
o Threatening to cause harm
• Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:
o Telling other children not to be friends with someone
o Spreading rumors about someone
o Embarrassing someone in public
o Speaking behind their back in ear shot of the victim.
o Ignoring them on purpose
o Excluding others intentionally, for no other reason but to exclude them.
o Leaving someone out on purpose: Both Directly or Indirectly
Direct verbal: Telling other children that they are not wanted in the group ¡ Indirect verbal: Telling other children to exclude a particular person from games or other group activities ¡ Indirect nonverbal: Walking away or ignoring particular children when they attempt to join the group Telling other children not to be friends with someone.
Indirect: Telling other children that you do not understand why they are friends with a particular person.
Direct: Telling other children that you or your friends do not want to be friends with them anymore Spreading rumors about someone.
Indirect: Telling others negative things about a particular person in order to damage or sabotage that person’s close relationships or social reputation (e.g., writing rumors or insults about someone on a bathroom wall or spray painting an insult or slur on someone’s locker) Embarrassing someone in public.
Direct: Embarrassing or insulting other children over the Internet or making embarrassing comments about others when they attempt to approach the group
• Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:
o Taking or breaking someone’s things
o Making mean or rude hand gestures