Different types of bullying

There are many different types of bullying and they manifest themselves in different ways and impact kids in different ways. Understanding the different types of bullying is the first step to addressing the problem.
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Different types of bullying

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There are four different types of bullying. The most common type that we all know about is physical bullying. It´s the kind we all grew up with where kids push each other or kick or hurt each other. Again, the goal being to make the kid feel worse and to make themselves feel better. But the new kinds of bullying are verbal bullying, which is using words to make someone feel bad like teasing or taunting or making fun of someone until they start to really feel upset, is actually more painful than physical bullying because it´s psychological. And then there is a third kind of bullying which we call relational bullying. And that´s when we hurt each other´s relationships. The main kind of bullying in relational bullying is gossiping and exclusion. And there´s actually new data now to say that exclusion hurts kids as much as the lack of food or water if you put them in a desert without anything. It´s so powerful to them. It´s so important to be part of a social community. Exclusion hurts the worst. But there is a fourth kind which is cyber bullying which is now on the rise. And that´s when kids bully each other through technology and that´s even more difficult to figure out because kids´technology is changing all the time and the ways they bully can happen in ways that kids can´t even anticipate. And it´s hard to know how to stop it.

There are many different types of bullying and they manifest themselves in different ways and impact kids in different ways. Understanding the different types of bullying is the first step to addressing the problem.

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Joel Haber, PhD

Psychologist, Bullying & Parenting Expert, Author

Dr. Joel Haber is a Clinical Psychologist and internationally recognized bully prevention and parenting expert. He was selected as a webinar leader and a speaker for the Obama Administration Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention initiative.  He was also an invited participant to the Second Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in 2011. His recent book, Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good set the bullying standard for schools, camps, sports, organizations and families dealing with bully prevention and intervention. He recently published The Resilience Formula: A Guide to Proactive, Not Reactive Parenting.  He is a consultant and expert to the American Camp Association, and to LG Electronics as a member of (LGTextEd.com), providing cyberbullying and mobile harassment expertise to parents and families. He is an advisor to Cartoon Network’s anti-bully campaign: Stop Bullying: Speak Up.  He is an expert for No Snap Judgments: The Addams Family Broadway Show- National Campaign to promote acceptance and tolerance amongst our youth. He is also co-founder of Tool Kits for Kids (toolkitsforkids.com), recipient of five national parenting awards for helping parents and kids develop the tools and emotional life skills to overcome worry, build confidence and develop resilience. He has written and published extensively, speaking each year to thousands of parents and educators to help make children’s lives, safer and better. 

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