Research shows that 1 in 4 students are bullied in school each year, and the numbers are increasing daily. Many parents do not understand the full extent of bullying. They believe bullying is simply name calling, teasing, pushing, taunting or pulling hair, but some kids participate in many types of bullying. The six most common types of bullying found in schools are physical, verbal, relational, cyberbullying, prejudicial and sexual.
Out of these six forms of bullying; physical bullying, verbal bullying and sexual bullying is by far the most obvious, most dangerous and most powerful, and sadly, is and does the most damage to children.
1.) Physical bullying consists of hitting, kicking, punching, shoving and other violent acts. A majority of the time these kids are older, bigger, stronger and more powerful than their peers, and allows them to act out physically to gain control and power.
2.) Verbal bullying is very powerful. Some experts believe it is the most powerful form of bullying as it scars a child and steals their confidence and self esteem. It allows perpetrators of verbal bullying to use insults to belittle and demean another child to gain power and control. Sadly sometimes verbal bullying is the hardest type of bullying to overcome. As even when the bullying stops the child continuously hears and starts to believe the harsh words and comments that are being made about them, making it harder and harder for the child to move past the degrading comments and words.
3.) Sexual bullying is both harmful and humiliating. Tween and teen girls are mostly targeted. However, teen boys are also targets too. Peers use comments to degrade tween and teen girls by using sexual name-calling such as “whore,” “slut” or “bitch” to gain power and control of the situation. Harsh and rude comments about a girl classmates appearance, development, sexual gestures, inappropriate touching or exposure to pornographic materials are all common forms of sexual bullying.
Some experts suggest that children, tweens and teens should talk to their parents if they experience any type of bullying. All parents should encourage their child to talk to them if they experience any form of bullying. After speaking with a parent and collecting vital details of the event or events a student should address the issue with school officials with a parent or caregiver present, informing them of all the details.
Important details should be collect; names, time, place and date. Even the smallest detail can be helpful and getting the issue addressed. If you believe your child is being bullied their are great organizations out their making a difference.
Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded in April 2011 by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Be a STAR’s mission is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.
For more information or to be a voice against bullying — join the Clinton County, Pennsylvania “Be a STAR” Chapter.
Another organization making a difference in the lives of children is Voices Amplified a 501 c 3 non-profit charity aiding children throughout the United States. This organization was founded by Star Myers and is dedicated to helping locate resources and support for survivors and their supporters. They leave no one behind. They will walk together hand in hand and heart to heart to make any and all efforts to stop abuse.
Their goal to educate communities on the effects of abuse which are not always visible, never acceptable and always preventable by providing needed resources for survivors, secondary survivors and their supporters.
Myers stated, “I have spent the last twelve years fighting the injustices of the system to save my child who will live with those effects for her entire lifetime. I have made it my goal to never let anyone feel so isolated. I looked for help and found no one who would stand up to corruption, power and money to do the right thing. I am told edges are only sharp if broken. This world is full of broken edges that will truly break your soul.
“We will speak for those who can’t. Voices is honored to be joined by amazing survivors and advocates who are strengthened by the desire to do the right thing rather than bury your heads and pretend abuse is not there. THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE! We leave no one behind!”
For more information visit Voices Amplified.