Types of bullying
Bullying exists in many different forms, some are not as obvious as others, but are just as damaging to the victim. Listed below are some of the more common types of bullying, one or more method may be used by a bully.
Physical bullying includes any physical contact that would hurt or injure a person like pushing, hitting, kicking, punching, tripping, etc.
Verbal bullying usually takes the form of name-calling or making nasty remarks or jokes about a person's religion, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or the way they look. It can also include freezing the victim out by exclusion or spreading rumours.
Making threats against a person or their property is also a type of bullying. It can be a threat to damage or take something belonging to the victim or to hurt them physically. Often the threat is not actually carried out, but the fear created by the threat can be enough to upset the victim.
This type of bullying can allow the person who bullies to hide their identity which may have a bigger impact on the victim.
Homophobic bullying is motivated by prejudice against a person’s actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity- lesbians, gay males, bisexual, transsexual, or transgender people.
Racist bullying is motivated by prejudice against a person’s skin colour, cultural or religious background or ethnic origin is known as racist bullying.