Terri Steele
Understand how to respond to evidence or concerns that a child or young person has been bullied.

Verbal Bullying

Many victims of verbal bullying are affected in many ways. Verbal bullying can affect a child’s image and affect a child in emotional and psychological ways. This type of bullying can lead to low self-esteem, as well as depression and other problems. It can aggravate problems that a child may already be experiencing at home or in other places. In some cases, verbal bullying can reach a point where the child is so depressed, and wants to escape so badly, that he or she may turn to substance abuse or - in some extreme cases - suicide. In the end, words have a power all their own, and the realities of verbal bullying can have very physical consequences, even if the aggressor never lays a finger on the victim.
Dealing with Verbal Bullies
Verbal bullying can be hard for Carers and other authority figures to detect since no physical harm takes place. You should be aware of what is going on in a child’s life and be a place for him or her to turn to. Some signs that a child might be experiencing verbal bullying include reluctance to go to school, complaints that no one likes him or her, prolonged depression, a drop in school performance or drastic changes in eating and sleeping patterns.
Physical Bullying
It is a criminal offence to hurt someone by touching them in a violent manner. Anything that hurts you by touching you is classed as physical bullying. Hitting, kicking, biting, scratching, pushing, tripping you up on purpose, all fall under the category of ‘physical bullying.
Indirect Bullying
A less obvious, but equally damaging, form of bullying is Indirect Bullying. Children become a victim of indirect bullying when they are ignored or not allowed to join in games with their peers. If a child is talked about ‘behind their back’ or is subjected to rumour mongering, they are also being indirectly bullied. Although it can be...