What Is Bullying?

There is little dispute as to what is bullying. This behavior is a form of intimidation toward someone who appears weaker. It is a pattern of aggressive behavior meant to hurt or cause discomfort to another person.

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Bullies always have more power than victims. Their power comes from physical size, strength, status, and support within the peer group. Kids are picked on if they are different in some way — in their ethnicity, physical appearance, behavior or sexual orientation. Kids can be very cruel. Sometimes the aggressive child does not realize what is bullying.

This behavior happens when someone hurts or frightens someone else who cannot defend himself. What is bullying includes —

What is Bullying Types

  • verbal — - name-calling, sarcasm, teasing, spreading rumors, threatening, making negative references to one's culture, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, unwanted sexual comments.
  • social — mobbing, scapegoating, excluding, humiliating

  • physical — hitting, poking, pinching, chasing, shoving, coercing, destroying or stealing belongings, unwanted sexual touching

  • cyber — using Facebook, MSN or messaging to intimidate, put-down or spread rumors
There are gender differences in this type of behavior. Boys prefer to use physical intimidation tactics, forcing others to do what they want with physical aggression. Girls will more often use verbal and emotional abuse, shunning and harassing their victims. Girls also pull hair and bite. Bullying is nasty and cruel, often leaving the victim with emotional scars lasting for a long period of time.

Cruel behavior by girls is often linked to abuse in the home. Actions in boys often result from being involved with anti-social peers. A bully in childhood will often have anti-social behavior in adolescence and adulthood.

He may sexually harass, become involved in gangs, or engage in date violence. As an adult, he or she may progress to harassment in the workplace, spousal, child, or senior abuse. Prevention of bullying behavior in children and youth reduces the likelihood of future criminal activity in what is bullying.For help with child self esteem go to Child Self Esteem and Building Child Self Esteem

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