Bullying is a serious problem the world is currently facing right now. Regardless of the age, gender or location, anyone can be a bully or the victim. Many would discriminate other people by judging them of their gender, their religion, and even their race. These can even be the cause of bullying. And as discussed on the previous blog entitled “Definition of Bullying,” bullying can be defined in many different ways. So, let us discuss the types of bullying in Australian Schools.
- Individual bullying tactics can be perpetrated by a single person against a target or targets. In other words, it is a type of bullying that only involves two people, the bully, and the victim. It may take place in either in person or online which can be physical bullying or emotional abuse that usually happen in school-aged children.
- This relates to any bullying that hurts someone’s body or damages their possessions. Stealing, shoving, hitting, fighting, and destroying property all are types of physical bullying. Physical bullying is rarely the first form of bullying that a target will experience. Often bullying will begin in a different form and later progress to physical violence. In physical bullying, the main weapon the bully uses is their body when attacking their target. Sometimes groups of young adults will target and alienate a peer because of some adolescent prejudice. This can quickly lead to a situation where they are being taunted, tortured, and beaten-up by their fellow classmates. Physical bullying can lead to a tragic ending and therefore must be stopped quickly to prevent any further escalation.
- This is any bullying that is conducted by speaking. Calling names, spreading rumors, threatening somebody, and making fun of others are all forms of verbal bullying. Verbal bullying is one of the most common types of bullying. In verbal bullying, the main weapon the bully uses is their voice. In many cases, verbal bullying is the province of girls. Girls are more subtle (and can be more devastating) in general than boys. Girls use verbal bullying, as well as social exclusion techniques, to dominate and control other individuals and show their superiority and power. However, there are also many boys with subtlety enough to use verbal techniques for domination, and who are practiced in using words when they want to avoid the trouble that can come with physically bullying someone else.
- This is any bullying that is done with the intent to hurt somebody’s reputation or social standing which can also link in with the techniques included in physical and verbal bullying. Relational bullying is a form of bullying common amongst youth, but particularly for girls. Relational bullying can be used as a tool by bullies to both improve their social standing and control others. Unlike physical bullying which is obvious, relational bullying is not overt and can continue for a long time without being noticed.
- Cyberbullying is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass, or target another person. When an adult is involved, it may meet the definition of cyber-harassment or cyberstalk, a crime that can have legal consequences and involve jail time. This form of bullying can easily go undetected because of lack of parental/authoritative supervision. Because bullies can pose as someone else, it is the most anonymous form of bullying. Cyber bullying includes, but is not limited to, abuse using email, instant messaging, text messaging, websites, social networking sites, etc. With the creation of social networks like Facebook, Myspace, Instagram and Twitter, cyberbullying has increased.
- Emotional bullying is an abusive social interaction between peers, which can include aggression, harassment, and violence. This type of bullying is typically repetitive and enacted by those who are in a position of power over the victim.
Knowing the types of bullying, we can really say that bullying comes in different forms. Many think that bullying can only be done through physical fights where bullies would really hurt the victim but a person can be a bully when he/she could hurt someone not just physically but also emotionally. Just as what a quote says, “Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out.” Let’s end bullying in Australian Schools now, submit complaints here!