Today we’re chatting about different types of bullying and how to take action. It is National Bullying Awareness month, after all! First and foremost, bullying is not just a buzzword. It wasn’t created by the media to drive ratings from frightened school children and their worried parents. Bullying is a serious problem with consequential implications — both for the person being bullied and for the bully as well.
Without further ado, let’s identify questions and answers related to bullying.
- What are common behaviors associated with bullying?
- School and workplace bullying can include: public humiliating, isolation from others, excluded, setting unreasonable expectations, badgering, and threats.
- Types of bullying:
- Sexual, physical, verbal, and cyberbullying.
- Sexual bullying includes — but is not limited to — the following:
- Starts with flirting and becomes more aggressive, based on the response of the person being bullied.
- Hurting the victim and taking / destroying possessions.
- Discouraging comments, threats, writing and saying cruel things, intimidating, beginning rumors, and gossip.
- What makes someone turn into a bully?
- The desire for power and control, being uncomfortable with oneself, parents were not (or are not) a positive influence, and having been bullied or shamed themselves.
- What are common emotions that victims experience?
- Anxiety, loneliness, decreased self-worth and self-esteem, anger, fear, depression, loss of control, and self-questioning.
- Is there something victims can do?
- Seek help from someone he or she trusts, BYSTANDER INTERVENTION, and engage with trusted, supportive friends.
- How can you prevent bullying?
- Create a healthy and sage work or classroom environment (as a teacher or boss), educate, have someone’s back, report incidents, and be present with the situation.
It is your duty to help prevent and stop bullying. As we’ve said before, you don’t have to do everything — you just need to do something. For more information on the Green Dot program and the 3 Ds, click here. If you’d like to schedule a training, click here. For more questions, please contact Heidi or Darrel at The Advocates by emailing or calling 208-788-4191