Common Types of Bullying That Everyone Should Know
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Cruel taunts, name-calling, cyber bullying, and physical bullying – these scenarios can be commonly seen around the school campus. Bullying, be it of any kind, has become a serious problem among kids. According to a study, 28% of the US students in grade 6-12 have experienced bullying.
So, if you are a teen parent, you need to pay close attention to your kid’s behavior to see if he’s doing well at the school. Ignoring this problem can lead to serious issues as bullying can be devastating for your kid’s self-esteem and confidence.
Here, in this article, we’ll take you through different types of bullying and how you can prevent your kids from internet bullying.
Different Types Of Bullying
1. Physical Bullying
This is the most obvious type of bullying and consists of hitting, kicking, pinching, tripping, and physical attacks. Physical bullying can cause both long term and short term damage. It also includes intimidating another person or stealing or damaging their belongings.
2. Verbal bullying
Verbal bullying consists of insults, calling names, racist remarks, and verbal abuse. It also includes making threats. Although this type of bullying can start harmless, it can escalate to extreme levels where it starts affecting the target kids.
Insulting someone about their physical characteristics like their height or weight, or attributes such as sexuality, race, religion or culture also constitutes physical bullying.
3. Cyber bullying
Cyber bullying has become the most common type of bullying. This term refers to a hurtful behavior that occurs through digital technologies. Cyber bullying involves bullying someone by spreading lies, mean words and false rumors through text messages, emails and social media posts. Cyber bullying is of different types:
- Denigration: Spreading online rumors and statements that are harmful, untrue or harmful, that could damage an individual's reputation.
- Exclusion: The voluntary exclusion of a person from an online group is considered an indirect form of cyber bullying.
- Inflammation: The fight of sending angry, cruel, rude and vulgar messages to one or more individuals in a private or public online environment.
- Happy Slapping: Physically attack a person as a "joke" while others film the attack or take pictures for broadcast or online display.
- Harassment: Sending a continuous series of hurtful and insulting online messages to a person.
- Identity theft: Sending or posting material online after stealing someone’s identity with the intention of damaging a person's reputation.
- Output: Sending or posting online documents (such as messages and images) to a person containing sensitive, confidential, or embarrassing information.
- Text Wars / Attacks: Track down a targeted person with a large number of text messages and average emails.
- Trickery: Engage in deception to acquire embarrassing material that is then made public online.
4. Sexual bullying
This consists of abusive comments and unwanted physical contact. The examples of this bullying include vulgar gestures, sexual name-calling, and pornographic material. Making sexist jokes, making someone feel uncomfortable because of sex, or making crude comments about one’s sexual behavior are also a type of sexual bullying.
5. Social bullying
Social bullying includes spreading rumors, negative physical gestures, playing nasty jokes to humiliate someone, encouraging others to exclude someone socially and affecting someone’s social reputation.
6. Extortion Bullying
In this type of bullying, the bully threatens a victim if they do not do what he says. The victim may be forced to give money to the bully, lunch or even possessions.
How to Prevent Internet Bullying Using FamiSafe
Internet bullying has become a serious and common form of bullying nowadays. Yes, bullying has been around for some time now, but technology has given a new platform to the bullies. In this digital age, we don’t know what’s on our kid’s phone and if they’re a victim of cyber bullying.
However, cyber bullying can have serious consequences for teens. Sometimes, as parents, we don’t know how to deal with it and how and when to step in. For instance, the parents don’t know whether their kids are playing games, or chatting with someone or are on social media platforms all day long.
So, how to tackle situations like this? Fortunately, there are many parental control apps that you can use to track the phone usage of your kids. These apps can even let you know if your kid is a victim of cyber bullying as they provide the feature of monitoring the texts on the target device.
Suspicious Text Feature Can Help Parents Get Alerts Of Bullying Words
FamiSafe has launched a new function named suspicious text. With this feature, parents can set a keyword on their phone. They will then be alerted when text on kid’s phone contains those keywords. With this parents can easily know if their kids are suffering from cyber bullying.
You’ll be able to see all the suspicious messages like in the image above. With this, you can easily discover if your kid is being bullied and by whom.
How to install FamiSafe?
The app can be easily installed on both iOS and Android devices.
Step 1: Create a FamiSafe account
Visit the FamiSafe website to create the account. You can also download the app and then register on either your mobile phone or your kid’s.
Step 2: Install the app on both kid and parent’s smartphone
Search for “FamiSafe” in Google Play or App Store. Download the app and install on both the devices.
Step 3: Make some settings on both the phones
On kid’s Android
1. Log in to your account and enter your kid’s name and age after choosing the identity as Kid.
2. Grant necessary access permissions to the app.
- Allow location access to the app.
- Give access to app usage.
- Give administrator access to FamiSafe so that no one can uninstall the app other than the parent.
- Lastly, activate location tracker.
On Kid’s iPhone
1. Log into your account, choose the identity as a kid and enter your kid’s name and age.
2. Grant necessary permissions to the app. Allow the app to access location and install MOBILE DEVICE MANAGEMENT file
On parent’s Phone
1. Log in to your account and select the identity as Parent.
2. Then, connect to your kid’s device.
How To Use Famisafe
Once you login to your FamiSafe account, you’ll see a homepage with the current location and various notifications.
By clicking on the dashboard, you’ll come across a screen like:
Using this intuitive dashboard, you can easily track what your kid is up to. With different tabs like activity report, browser history, suspicious text, you can get to know about the browsing history, location history, suspicious texts etc.
So, these are the different types of bullying that you should you know about. Bullying can happen anytime and to anyone and dealing with it can erode a child’s confidence.
If you think your kid is a victim, encourage him to spend time with friends who have a positive influence. Or, if he approaches you about being bullied, be supportive and talk to him about the whole issue.
You can also use the parental control app such as FamiSafe to keep a tab on your kid’s activity. With a lot of great features, this app can let you monitor the app your kid is using, track location, check browsing history, and get alerts on suspicious messages.