Forms of Bullying Parents Need to Be Aware of

Introduction:Bullying never seems to go out of style, it just evolves with society and pop culture. Here are some common forms of bullying to watch for as you raise your children and teenagers. Whether your child is on the receiving end or is suspected of bullying others this list may help you identify and correct the problem sooner rather than later.

  • 01

    Face to Face Bullying

    This is the type of bullying some of us moms and dads may remember from our own childhood. Face to face bullying can include name calling, shoving, pushing, teasing, spitting, rock throwing, etc. The bully physically approaches your child to harrass them or possibly hurt them.

  • 02

    Behind Your Back Bullying

    This can be starting rumors about your child, whispering or laughing about them with others while trying to sway others to treat your child negatively. Some kids will do this behind your child's back and still act like they are a friend when it suits them to be.

  • 03

    Stalking

    This is when the bully follows your child around to intimidate him or her by watching their every move and staying on their trail. The bully may bring along a group of friends to increase the fear factor while they keep a close watch on your child's activities. Stalking may also be a practice run for the bully to learn your childs routines and then ambush them on another day.

  • 04

    Text Message or Cellphone Bullying

    The bully may send hurtful or threatening text messages to your child or about your child to others. This could include spreading rumors or forwarding embarrassing photos. They may also leave threatening voicemails that you may not be aware of. Since most teens/kids have their own cellphones and rarely receive calls on the family's house phone this type of bullying may go undetected.

  • 05

    Cyber Bullying

    Facebook and MySpace can be great tools to keep in touch with friends but when a bully finds your childs page these types of sites can turn into very scary places. Monitor the comments on your childs social networks and stay alert to any situations that appear to be threatening or degrading to your child.




Final Thoughts

Let your child know they can trust you and should talk to you if they are being bullied. Reassure them that this situation is not their fault and it's the bully's own insecurities, intolerances or hunger for attention that is the real cause of the bullying.


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Comments

  • bestmommy 10/28/2010 Flag This Comment

    Clint McCance, Arkansas school board member, is in the news today for mocking gay teen suicides on his facebook page...a grown man, who makes decisions about educating youth...bullying and degrading kids online.

  • JennyHeart 10/22/2010 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for sharing this great list. It is sad indeed!

  • monkeysue 10/21/2010 Flag This Comment

    It is sad kids have to deal with this, but good list.

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