Types of bullying
- Emotional; being unfriendly, excluding, tormenting (e.g. hiding books,
threatening gestures), ridicule, humiliation.
- Verbal; name-calling, sarcasm, spreading rumours, threats, teasing, making rude
remarks, making fun of someone.
- Physical; pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, throwing stones, biting, spitting,
punching or any other forms of violence, taking or hiding someone’s things.
- Racist; racial taunts, graffiti, gestures, making fun of culture and religion.
- Sexual; unwanted physical contact or sexually abusive or sexist comments.
- Homophobic; because of focusing on the issue of sexuality.
- Online/cyber setting up ‘hate websites’ , sending offensive text messages,
emails and abusing the victims via their mobile phones.
- Any unfavourable or negative comments, gestures or actions made to someone
relating to their disability or special education needs.
Bullying is not…
It is bullying if it is done several times on purpose (STOP). Children sometimes fall out or say things because they are upset. When occasional problems of this kind arise, it is not classed as bullying.
It is an important part of children’s development to learn how to deal with friendship breakdowns, the odd name calling or hildish prank.
We all have to learn how to deal with these situations and develop social skills to repair relationships.