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Types of Bullying

Bullying can take many forms:

  • Verbal bullying including derogatory comments and bad names
  • Bullying through social exclusion or isolation
  • Physical bullying such as hitting, kicking, shoving, and spitting
  • Bullying through lies and false rumors
  • Having money or other things taken or damaged by students who bully
  • Being threatened or being forced to do things by students who bully
  • Racial bullying
  • Sexual bullying and sexual orientation
  • Cyberbullying (via cell phone or Internet)

It might be hard to tell the difference between playful teasing and bullying. Teasing usually involves two or more friends who act together in a way that seems fun for all the people involved. Often they tease each other equally, but it never involves physical or emotional abuse. (From Violence Prevention Works at Hazelden from Dan Olweus)

Click the Parent Checklist for help in making a decision as a parent for steps that should be taken.

Who, What, When, Where Worksheet - Worksheet to help clarify information in a situation involving my children.

Reporting Bullying Incidents to the School - Helpful information when considering reporting a bullying incident.