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The 5 Types of Child Bullying and How Parents Should Respond

September 20, 2021

Child Bullying should not be taken for granted. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that one in five students has been bullied. Unfortunately, childhood bullying is much more common than we thought. Every bullied child has a parent who is concerned about how to respond. Parents may not be able to intervene to bring about peace in certain situations. Not only are the severity and length of the bullying important, but also the type of bullying that a child is subject to.

What Types of Child Bullying Are There?

Bullying is a serious public health problem that has been designated by the Center for Disease Control as an Adverse Childhood Experience. Bullying is defined by the Center for Disease Control as any unwanted aggressive behavior (or a combination thereof) that is perpetrated by another youth or youth group, who are not current or siblings, and which results in an observed or perceived power imbalance. This can also be repeated many times or highly likely to happen again.

The CDC outlines five types of bullying that kids might experience.

  • Physical: This includes hitting, kicking and pushing.
  • Verbal: Teasing and name-calling
  • Relational/Social: Spreading of rumors and group exclusion
  • Property Damage: Destruction and destruction of property and possessions
  • Cyberbullying: Aggression via websites and social media apps

Pavan Madan M.D. is a community psychiatrist who treats children, adolescents, and adults with Community Psychiatry. He has also observed that bullying can differ depending on their age. He explained elementary school-aged children reported more physical incidents. Another classmate would hit or push them. It is usually because of an older boy. “Middle school is a place where name-calling and teasing, based on behavior, identity and appearance, are quite common.”

High school students find the situation more complicated. Especially when you add virtual environments. Dr. Madan notes that cyberbullying is on the rise, even though verbal bullying remains a problem. This is understandable, given the fact that they spend so much time on their electronic devices.”

My Child is a Victim?

Although it is impossible to stop Child Bullying, parents are more likely than their children to report bullying to them; also if they feel heard and supported. Dr. Madan explained that victims of bullying feel ashamed or embarrassed and are reluctant to speak out to their teachers or parents. You should not blame of shame children for being victims.

Dr. Madan also suggests that parents suggest to their child; not to pay attention to bullies if it is a minor or rare case. You should not encourage a child’s act of bullying. This includes name-calling and teasing. In the case of cyberbullying; you can diffuse the situation by using the mute and block functions on almost all social media platforms.

Dr. Madan says that parents might need to be more involved if the bullying is persistent or severe. He says that parents can bring bullying incidents to school officials’ attention. “But the family might need to talk about ways to remove the child’s traumatizing environment.”

Although some aspects of bullying remain the same over time; teachers and parents should be up to date on how bullying techniques change. Dr. Madan also says that adults should be educated about the signs and causes of bullying in children; as well as ways to deal with them at a more systemic level. Dr. Madan also notes that children should be encouraged and supported to help each other; not allow bullying to happen, and to openly discuss bullying with adults.

Bullying is an old story. It is important to create an environment that encourages your children to advocate for their own interests and those of others.