Mental Health Matters-What is Bullying?

Mental Health Matters-What is Bullying?

Hannah Ossowski, Writer

Bullying has been making headlines for years and especially in our schools.  We even hear the word thrown around all the time in the halls.  But what constitutes bullying and is it being used correctly?  To answer that, The Roar has some facts on bullying for you.

What Is Bullying ?

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include the following :

An imbalance of power: Kids who bully use their power—such as physical strength, access to embarrassing information, or popularity—to control or harm others. Power imbalances can change over time and in different situations, even if they involve the same people.

Repetition: Bullying behaviors happen more than once or have the potential to happen more than once.

Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

Types Of Bullying 

Verbal Bullying -saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes the following:

  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm

Social Bullying-sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes the following:

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Physical Bullying- involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes the following :

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone’s things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures

And as always, if you or someone you know is the target of bullying, please confide in a friend, trusted adult, teacher, or one of our counselors- Mrs. Frazer or Mrs. Ivy.  We are all here to help but an end to bullying.

** Information from https://www.stopbullying.gov