According to the National Center for Educational Statistics in 2016, more than one out of every five (20.8%) students were reported to be bullied. The most common reasons were: looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%) (Davis & Nixon, 2010).
The most popular forms of bullying include physical, verbal, cyber bullying, and social humiliation. These are the most pronounced and clearly stated forms that are the easiest to recognize and classify. However, there are more common forms of bullying that are more harder to recognize, such as discrete gossiping, isolation, rejection, and “teasing.”
Bullying, by definition, is the use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants. Physical and verbal bullying are intentionally harmful and more direct. They are directed towards the person, with that person being close enough to know that the harmful deeds are meant specifically for them. Physical bullying happens with direct contact, while verbal bullying includes snarky comments that are thrown at the victim to let the victim know that he or she is being targeted.
On the other hand, isolation can be masked naturally and shrugged off as if it were unintentional; however, the victim often ends up feeling irrelevant to other classmates, which is harmful for the victim’s social life.
Gossip and rumors also are equivalents to bullying, as they negatively impact the reputation of the victim. These types of bullying are less direct and more undercover, but still forms of bullying that must be recognized as they can deal the same amount of damage.