Monthly Archives: October 2010

Types of Bullying – Harassment

A Bully Free Zone sign - School in Berea, Ohio

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The last type of bullying to be discussed is ‘Harassment‘. This type is generally about race, gender, nationality etc and is usually quite frequent. Some examples of this type of bullying may include the following:

  • pulling at clothing etc
  • looking under the toilet door
  • use of intimidating and offensive language
  • stalking and following
  • making unwelcome advances or requests of a sexual nature

Bullying is a game when some children abuse their power. The target or the person that is being bullied can stop getting hurt by blocking the bullying. This can be by removing oneself  or by becoming detached.

So, how does the game of bullying work? Well, there are some rules to this game. I will follow up on these rules in my next blog.  

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Types of Bullying-physical

This type of bullying involves the attack of someone who is weaker. This doesn’t just happen in a school setting, it occurs in the workplace as well. It can be directly aggressive such as hitting, kicking, spitting or indirect such as by gesture, suggestions, stalking and defacing or hiding of property. So if you notice a family member coming home with ripped clothes for example, stay alert and mindful of their behaviour as this type of bullying could be happening. Some specific examples of physical bullying include: pushing, kicking, hitting, bumping, hair pulling, tripping pulling the chair out just as someone is about to sit down flicking water, paper etc locking them in a cupboard or the toilets throwing belongings around the room interfering with someones belongings in their locker or desk damaging clothes stealing their lunch or things from their desk or bag I’m feeling distressed just at the thought of this type of behaviour. Do you have any thoughts? As always, your thoughts and comments are most welcome.

Types of Bullying – Exclusion

The second type of bullying I will highlight here is ‘exclusion’. This form of bullying can be expressed openly in front of others (you can’t sit here) or discreetly (rolling of the eyes). With this type of bullying, the bully often manipulates the group. The group members can be referred to as bystanders. That is, they stand by and do nothing to help the person that is being bullied because they know that if they do intervene, they might be next.  This just builds the social power of the bully. This is a very sad state of affairs and teachers need to be aware of this type of bullying and encourage bystanders to not support this behaviour. It could simply be by encouraging the bystander to just  move away from the group when the bully is using this type of bullying behaviour. 

Top 10 Fairytales we no longer read

As I work in an educational setting every day, I have noticed that children no longer read fairy tales. I feel this is such a shame because the traditional tales have so much to offer. 30000 British parents were recently surveyed, and it revealed that a quarter of them rejected some classic fairy tales as we know them. With Christmas just around the corner, may I suggest you buy a fairy tale book for your child, and start to introduce these wonderful stories to them. I’m sure you and your children will enjoy reading and talking about the stories. Here are the top 10 fairy tales we don’t read anymore Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Hansel and Gretel Cinderella Little Red Riding Hood The Gingerbread Man Jack and the Beanstalk Sleeping Beauty Goldilocks and the Three Bears The Emperor’s New Clothes (Source: http://www.thebabywebsite.com/)