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Bullying

The definition of bullying (from the Anti-Bullying Alliance) is: "The repetitive, intentional hurting of one person or group by another person or group, where the relationship involves an imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical, verbal or psychological. It can happen face-to-face or online.". There are multiple different types of bullying and I will be describing them all. Each one shouldn't be done and this is a post not promoting bullying but explaining the different types of bullying.


Physical - Physical bullying is bullying someone by physically beating them up. This can be by hitting, kicking, tripping someone over purposefully or fully getting into fights but it can also be damaging or stealing someone's property or harassing someone just to intimidate someone.


Verbal - Verbal bullying is bullying someone by using your voice either to degrade them, make fun of them or to insult them and this can be done for example: name-calling and slurs.


Social/Relational - Social or Relational bullying is like verbal bullying but mostly in the gossip situations either trying to isolate or embarrass the person, this includes gossiping behind peoples backs and not including them in events with friends.


Sexual - Sexual bullying is bullying based on your gender mostly in a sexist nature for example: stereotyping, and it can affect both sexes.


Cyberbullying - Cyberbullying is bullying which is done online, this can be insulting, doxing and stalking. Often this is also accompanied with threats of violence, threats that they will be found in real life.

Examples include: "I know where you live", "I will find you", "I know what school you go to"


Prejudice - Prejudice bullying is when someone is targeted based on their religion, race, sexuality, gender etc. This can be done by insulting them through stereotypes or with slurs, anything that can hurt a person because of something they cannot change.


Bullying can effect people horribly and in many different ways.

Young people who are experiencing bullying can feel isolated and alone, it is important that if you are a parent or a friend of someone who is being bullied that you reassure them they are not alone .

Sometimes it is not always clear that someone you know is being bullied.


Here are some signs that you can look out for in your friends and family:

  • Becoming withdrawn from social events (sometimes quite suddenly)

  • Comments of self doubt or openly putting themselves down

  • Wearing baggy/oversized clothing

  • becoming quieter than usual

  • spending more time in their room or away from family

  • Not wanting to take part in class discussions or activities

  • Hiding their phone away/being reluctant to let anyone see their devices or mobile

  • Appearing teary or extremely emotional

For some people these things are normal so the most important thing to look out for is any changes in the individual person, this can be gradual or quite sudden.


If you are being bullied, remember it is not your fault, there is support whether that be in the school/college/university or online.

There is always someone to at Youth In Romsey whether you want to drop in for a chat, receive one-to-one counselling or youth support groups (Inquire for more details).









References:

6 Types of Bullying Parents Should Know About a. [viewed Mar 13, 2024]. Available from: https://www.verywellfamily.com/types-of-bullying-parents-should-know-about-4153882

Types of Bullying | PREVNet. c.

What Are the Different Types of Bullying?d. [viewed Mar 13, 2024]. Available from: https://www.verywellmind.com/what-are-the-different-types-of-bullying-5207717

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