Four Kinds of Bullying

There are four kinds of bullying. 

1. Physical bullying

Physical bullying includes hitting, kicking, tripping, pinching and pushing or damaging property.

2. Verbal bullying

Verbal bullying includes name-calling, insults, teasing, intimidation, homophobic or racist remarks, or verbal abuse.

3. Covert bullying

Covert bullying is often harder to recognise and can be carried out behind the bullied person's back. It is designed to harm someone's social reputation and/or cause humiliation. Covert bullying includes:

lying and spreading rumours

negative facial or physical gestures, menacing or contemptuous looks

playing nasty jokes to embarrass and humiliate

mimicking unkindly

encouraging others to socially exclude someone

damaging someone's social reputation or social acceptance.

4. Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is overt or covert bullying behaviours using digital technologies. Examples include harassment via a mobile phone, setting up a defamatory personal website or deliberately excluding someone from social networking spaces. Cyberbullying can happen at any time. It can be in public or in private, and sometimes only known to the target and the person bullying.  

You always have the right to feel safe at school. It is never your fault if bullying happens to you.

If you're being bullied...

•  tell the person to stop
•  use neutral language to respond to the bullying, like 'maybe' or 'that's what you think'
•  walk away
•  try to act unimpressed.

But if it's been going on for a while and these don't work...

•  talk to your friends and ask for support
•  talk to your parents
•  talk to your teacher.

If you see someone else being bullied...

•  tell the person acting like a bully to stop
•  talk to a teacher
•  don't watch or join in
•  try to change the subject
•  try to comfort and/or include the person who's being targeted
• explain to the person being bullied that it's nothing to do with them—it's about the other person's behaviour.

If you are cyberbullied...

•  don't respond to the message or image
•  save the evidence
•  block and delete the sender
•  report the situation to the website or Internet Service Provider
•  tell trusted people—friends, adults, teachers, parents and police if necessary.

Who can help?

Remember...bullying hurts and it should not be part of anyone's growing up.

If it is happening to you, tell someone. If you need to know more, or you need to speak to someone there are always people

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