• Types of Bullying 

    Verbal, Social/Psychological/Relational, and Physical are three types of bullying outlined by the federal government and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

     Verbal Bullying-shouting picture

    Verbal Bullying is saying or writing hurtful things. Examples include:

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

      Mean Girls Picture

    Social Bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves harming someone's reputation or relationships. Examples include:

    • Leaving someone out of an activity on purpose
    • Influencing others not to be friends with someone
    • Spreading rumors about someone
    • Embarrassing someone in public

     Boy getting ready to punch another boy

    Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes the following action to occur more than once, overtime:

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

    Students can play the role of bully (instigator/perpetrator of bullying behavior), of target (recipient/object of bullying behavior), or of bystander (witness/observer of bullying behavior). Students may play one or more of these roles at different times.