Despite anti-bullying campaigns and renewed efforts to eliminate this type of abuse in schools, bullying continues to be a major concern for parents in society today. Bullying is one of the main causes of students doing poorly in school, or dropping out of school altogether. No child should be held back from achieving his or her potential because of bullying. What are the Examples of Bullying?
Examples of bullying can be seen every day in primary and secondary schools all over the world. Bullying can be physical abuse, but verbal and psychological bullying are also major problems. More children than ever are now using the Internet and social media to interact with each other. Bullies are taking advantage of this, as it provides a many new ways to bully and abuse. Cyber bullying has now become one of the most prevalent forms of bullying. Perpetrators can gossip, slander or threaten their victims without ever revealing their identity. This makes it virtually impossible for them to get caught.
Lack of Communication Can Cause Bullying to Spread
There are steps children and parents can take to protect themselves from bullying in schools. By maintaining close relationships with their children, parents can help guide them through difficulties they face in school. Bullying incidents often go unreported because the person being bullied fears repercussions from the bully. Close, trusting parental relationships can, therefore, be vital to a bullied child. Communication is the key to deterring bullying behaviour before it gets out of hand.
Education is a vital tool as well. Helping children to differentiate between acceptable behaviour and bullying behaviour is critical. Even if children can recognise that physical bullying is a problem, they may not realize that teasing, gossip, name-calling and verbal threats are also forms of bullying that will not be tolerated.
Examples of Physical Bullying
Physical bullying can entail anything from pushing and shoving to kicking, punching, fist fighting or being physically attacked by a gang. In some middle and high schools, students form gangs. Some students join gangs for personal protection against bullies. Sadly these children can often wind up becoming bullies themselves. Gang members may be of a certain nationality, race, social background or neighborhood.
Bullying can occur in any school, from kindergarten all the way up to college. In kindergarten and primary schools, bullying can often take the form of children making fun of slower classmates, shoving each other out of the lunch line and pushing weaker kids off of playground equipment during recess. Physical bullying in lower grades often begins with small acts of unkindness but can progress to punching, kicking, biting and other forms of physical violence. Teachers can help constrain physical bullying in grade school by making sure kids are well supervised at all times and making it clear that violence will not be tolerated.
In high school, physical bullying can become even more serious. Parents who believe their teen may be a victim of high school bullying should take action to protect them from violence. Parents can discuss options with school officials to see what can be done.
Examples of Verbal Bullying
Verbal bullying is often considered less dangerous than physical bullying. However, the repercussions can be just as harmful. Verbal bullying may consist of any of the following:
In younger children, bullying can begin as a game of name calling when one child is angry with another. As others join in, the game may advance to constant teasing or incessant gossip. Girls are more likely to use verbal bullying than boys, whereas boys are more likely to use physical aggression.
Verbal bullying can have a detrimental effect on a child, especially if he or she is already suffering from shyness or low self-esteem. Bullying separates children from their peers, making them feel unworthy, less attractive and unwanted. Grade school is a time when kids are developing their mental, social and emotional skills. Being verbally abused can easily destroy a child’s self-confidence and enthusiasm.
The adolescent years can be confusing and difficult enough without teens being subjected to verbal taunts from fellow students, or being ostracized by their peers. Parents of teens should make every effort to help and support their young people during the difficult high school years. Those who are victims of verbal bullying may need extra encouragement, understanding, and positive reinforcement to help them in achieving their academic goals.
Examples of Cyber Bullying
Although social media has many positive aspects, one very real downside is the risk of cyber bully attacks. Cyber bullies use the Internet and other technology to abuse, spread lies and gossip or threaten their victims.
There are many examples of bullying online. One of the most common is sending emails containing false rumours about others. Posting embarrassing pictures or videos of others is another example of online bullying. A technology savvy cyber bully can do a lot of damage to a person’s reputation by invading their social media accounts, websites, and email accounts and posting incriminating or false information that casts the victim in a bad light. In the case of high school or college students, cyber bullying can destroy a person’s friendships, tarnish his or her reputation, cause loss of respect from peers and even endanger opportunities for employment or advancement in life.
Many social sites now come with privacy options that can help protect people from cyber bullying attacks. It’s important that young people with social media accounts learn how to use these options to protect themselves from bullies and other types of cyber attacks.
In order for bullying to cease, it must be combated on all fronts. Parents, children, teens and teachers need to work together to rid their schools and communities of bullying attacks. A stance against bullying is the first step towards cultivating greater respect between individuals.