There are Three Types of Bullying

Bullying occurs when a person (not just children)…(or this can be a group of people) repeatedly tries to physically hurt, emotionally embarrass or frighten another person.

The Mental Health Humor Cartoon above is focused on bullying on school grounds and finding a loop-hole in the Anti-Bullying Policy. Much of the bullying that happens nowadays is not always on “school grounds” or in the real world… Online there is vicious and hateful bullying being done. This is called Cyberbullying or electronically bullied.

“Children and teenagers who bully use their unequal power against kids or teens who are younger or unable to fight back in any meaningful way. This imbalance of power is key, because bullies look for victims who cannot defend themselves. While sometimes the bullying is physical, increasingly bullying behavior is done electronically online, through apps, Facebook, other social media, or websites. This form of bullying is referred to as electronically bullied.” ~Facts & Statistics on Bullying

There are Three Types of Bullying

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, defines 3 types of bullying: Verbal bullying, Social bullying (also called relational), and Physical bullying .

Here are the three types of bullying:

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:

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

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someones reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Physical bullying involves hurting a persons body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing
  • Taking or breaking someones things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures

Reference Grohol, J. (2016). Facts & Statistics on Bullying. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 27, 2016, from

Stop Bullying Gov (2016). Bullying Definition. Retrieved on May 27, 2016, from