Bullying: Signs of a Child Being Bullied

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Bullying is a persistent behavior pattern where one person deliberately causes harm or humiliation to another perceived as weaker or vulnerable, with the goal of gaining control. This behavior is distinct from general aggression, specifically targeting individuals inferior to the aggressor. The aggressor often utilizes physical size, strength, status, or peer group support to harm the victim. Research indicates that bullying is most common among kids aged 11-13, decreasing with age. While younger children tend to engage in more physical aggression, older ones employ subtle methods. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that 20% of kids experience bullying, affecting people of all ages and social groups, even in professional settings.

Types of bullying: 

Concerning the types of bullying, young children frequently witness common forms of bullying behavior in social situations, including:

Physical bullying occurs when someone intentionally causes harm by hitting or damaging property. This form of bullying can take the form of abusive body language, resulting in both immediate and long-term impacts.

Verbal bullying, involving making homophobic or racist remarks, calling names, teasing, intimidating, and engaging in any other form of verbal abuse. Initially harmless, verbal bullying can develop and negatively impact the target over time.

Social bullying, challenging to detect and often occurring in secret, aims to damage someone’s social standing and/or cause embarrassment. Social bullies attempt to make the victim look bad by spreading lies, making jokes, embarrassing them in their peer group, telling others not to be friends, or damaging their reputation.

However, bullying is not limited to social settings; bullies often use methods like online harassment and cyberbullying to target victims. This behavior can occur at any time, and typically, only the victim and the aggressor are aware of it. asjennyran

References for this article:

  • Parents.com – Common Types of Bullying: Since your article mentions common types of bullying, you can link to this page for further details. Common Types of Bullying

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