What is Physical Bullying?

      

       According to bullyingstatistics.com, “Physical bullying is a serious problem, affecting not only the bully and the victim, but also the other students who witness the bullying. Parents, teachers, and other concerned adults and young people should be aware of what physical bullying is and some of the ways to handle it.”

           Physical bullying can be anything from hitting, pushing, kicking, spitting, and even stealing. Most of this type of bullying occurs in and around schools. Physical bullying can start at any age, although it is most common around the middle school age. Males are more likely to be involved with bullying than girls. However, girls can be involved with bullying too. Usually when a person wants more control of another person, he or she gains that control by becoming a bully.

       According to www.library.thinkquest.org, 30.5 % of all bullying is classified as physical bullying. Some reasons why people are bullied can be based someone’s weight, height, strength, race, gender, and/or appearance. Bullies usually have extremely low self-esteem or he or she has been an actual victim of bullying.       

            There are many signs to look for when trying to figure out if someone is being physically bullied. For example, if a child comes home with cuts, bruises, scrapes, or any other injury that is unexplainable, they might be a victim of physical bullying. Other signs to look for are: damaged possessions, complaining of not feeling well, skipping classes, not wanting to go to school or ride the bus, depression, etc.

        In order to help with this issue, campaigns can be created such as anti-bullying campaigns, zero- tolerance policies, and counseling. Since physical bullying is the most obvious type of bullying, it can be identified very quickly. Parents and teachers should be the first to notice the signs of physical bullying. The child needs to learn that if he or she is being bullied, he or she needs to tell an adult to intervene and get it to stop before someone gets hurt.  

         Physical bullying should not be taken lightly. It is wrong for someone to say or even think: “he will grow out of it” or “boys will be boys.” Physical bullying can lead to major problems in a child’s life, such as depression, withdrawal, and physical and emotional problems that could lead to potential suicide or violence against others.

Resources

 

http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/physical-bullying.html  

http://my.hsj.org/Schools/Newspaper/tabid/100/view/frontpage/articleid/497708/newspaperid/4876/Bullying_Continues_To_Trouble_School_Communities.aspx

 http://www.library.thinkquest.org

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