Different Types Bullying

Many people still believe that name calling and physical bullying are the only types of bullying.

Different Types Bullying

Many people still believe that name calling and physical bullying are the only types of bullying. However, researchers have found out that there is much more than meets the eye. There are different types of bullying which include everything from excluding and gossiping to making fun of someone’s race and/or religion.



The most obvious type of bullying. It is when a person uses physical power to control or intimidate someone else.  Physical actions can include punching, kicking, slapping, shoving, hair pulling, and other physical attacks. Again, it is the most obvious type of bullying which means that it can be easily identified, and because of this, it has received more attention in schools than other forms of bullying.



Verbal bullying is when someone uses words, statements, and name calling to control or intimidate their target. These can include insults that are meant to belittle, demean, and hurt another person. The victims are chosen because of their looks, how they act, and/or behave. It’s not uncommon for special needs kids to be the targets of this sort of bullying. This type of bullying is done when there are no adults around and as a result, it is the case of one person’s word against the other. Verbal bullying is usually ignored by adults, but it should be taken seriously as it can leave deep emotional scars.


Cyber bullying

It is when a person uses the internet or other technologies to embarrass, harass, and threaten another person. In case the bully is an adult, this kind of bullying is called cyberstalking or cyber-harassment. Posting hurtful pictures, threatening a person on the internet, and sending harmful texts or emails are just some examples of cyberbullying. With the advancement of technology, cyberbullying is increasing around the world because bullies can harass people with much less risk of being caught.


Social bullying

This form of bullying is designed to hurt a person’s social image and reputation and cause them humiliation and is often carried out behind the bullied person’s back. Some examples of this type of bullying include:

  • Spreading rumors by lying about a person
  • Rude physical gestures
  • Embarrassing and humiliating
  • Mimicking unkindly
  • Encouraging others to exclude someone
  • Hurting a person’s social reputation and image

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