Bullying is a huge problem among teenagers and it is sometimes very difficult to detect or aleviate. This article provides important bullying information that can help parents and educators notice aggressive behavior in their children or students and react correctly in order to help remedy the situation.
When someone teases you, insults you or calls you names, it is regarded as verbal bullying, and it leaves psychological and emotional scars. Physical bullying, on the other hand, includes the use of physical force (punching, tripping, pushing…) with the intention of hurting a victim, and it can have serious physical consequences.
Spreading malicious gossip, talking behind someone’s back or not allowing people to join you in certain activities is considered social bullying. Nowadays a new term has been coined to refer to online abuse – cyberbullying – and it means publishing offensive comments or spreading rumors about someone on social networking sites, sending hostile emails or text messages to the victim and using other electronic means of communication in a similar way.
The most important thing that resources which provide bullying information point out is that children who experience abuse often show easily discernible signs of disturbance and discomfort. Victims of bullies tend to withdraw from their friends and relatives, have a bad self-image, lack self-confidence, have mood swings and sleep problems, exhibit studying problems, exhibit depression and so on. In order to prevent a child from developing phobias or becoming depressed, it is essential that the problem is dealt with immediately and that the child is offered professional help.