Bullying can have tremendous consequences on the victim. The effects can be devastating for every child bullied, often resulting in physical, emotional, social, and psychological repercussions.
If you are a parent, you understand how terrifying it can be to watch your child change from being jolly and active to withdrawn, depressed, and wanting to stay in bed all day.
So, where does bullying happen, and what can you do to prevent it? This article will explain the different types of bullying, where it usually occurs, and what you can do as a parent or educator.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is an act of aggression, whether physical, verbal, emotional, or psychological, toward another person. Two factors consider an aggressive action to be labeled bullying, and that’s an imbalance of power and repeated behavior.
An imbalance of power could mean that one person is older, a person of authority, someone who might hold information or fake information about someone that could be damaging, or someone who has a certain amount of control over another.
Types of Bullying
There are different types of bullying, which are physical, verbal, social, and cyberbullying. Let’s take a look at each type:
1. Physical Bullying
Physical bullying is where there is physical aggression. This could take the form of repeated tripping, pushing, blocking, hitting, or touching the victim in inappropriate ways.
Most children do not report being physically hurt by another student because they may fear retaliation. A child fears for their safety when they go to school. If your child has unexplained bruises, scratches, scars, and cuts on their body that they can’t explain, they may be a victim of physical bullying.
2. Verbal Bullying
Verbal bullying is when a bully uses vulgar, vile, and inappropriate language to torment and abuse the victim. These can include name-calling, inappropriate jokes, sexual tirades, sexist remarks, and abusive language.
3. Social Bullying
Social bullying occurs when a bully intentionally excludes the victim from social gatherings, social groups and torments the victim after bullying.
This can take the form of not allowing a victim to sit with them at the cafeteria, not inviting the victim to a gathering, and even spreading rumors about the victim.
Because more and more kids and teenagers are using technology today, social media has become the biggest platform for cyberbullying. And just because cyberbullying occurs online, it doesn’t mean the consequences are less damaging than physical, verbal, or social bullying.
Cyberbullying can be as damaging as other types of bullying. Victims can experience emotional and psychological consequences from hateful words thrown at them by friends and anonymous trolls online.
And because of the anonymity of the internet, it has become so easy for bullies to torment their victims over social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Whatsapp, Snapchat, and other online platforms.
Where Does Bullying Take Place?
Bullying often takes place in school, especially in places where students get to interact with one another unsupervised. Bullying can occur inside a classroom, in the school’s lobby, locker area, during recess time, in the gym, cafeteria, and school bus.
And with cyberbullying, it can take place in social media, email, and other platforms on the internet where kids have access to interaction with other people.
What Can You Do To Stop Bullying?
If you are a parent, you can talk to your child about bullying, as well as their rights in school. You can help your children understand what bullying is and what they can do about it. You can teach them to stand up for themselves and even report it to their teachers.
If you are an educator or school staff, having a solid presence outside of the classroom can help prevent bullying. You can be more present in the schoolyard or cafeteria and watch for signs that a student is bullied.
If you’re worried about cyberbullying, a spy app can be placed on your child’s phone so that you can track their interactions online. Trackers like mSpy can give you the parental control you need to monitor your child’s behavior and interactions with their peers.
If your is bullying someone, you can talk to them about it and explain the consequences of their behavior. If they are being bullied, you can educate your child about standing up for themself or preventing them from using social media in the meantime.
School bullying can occur in locations with no adult supervision, such as classrooms, the school’s lobby, school bus, cafeteria, the schoolyard, and of course, online.
Cyberbullying has become so prevalent today that any child can be a victim. But just because it happens a lot and it happens everywhere, it doesn’t mean you can’t do anything about it.
The consequences of bullying are damaging to a person’s mental health. Bullying has often led to psychological abuse, physical abuse and has even caused children and teens to commit suicide and even murder.
You can protect your child and prevent bullying from happening. The keys are education, being more present in your child’s life, and the help of trackers that allow you to monitor your children’s movements and interactions so you can understand what is happening in their lives.