“Character is a word that seems to define almost all human activity and then some…” ~Richard Reeves

As we know from the media attention that cyber-bullying has gotten lately, there are different forms of bullying. But most teachers and parents don’t know just how many different ways there are to hurt people, physically or emotionally, that count as bullying.

How many of the seven forms of bullying can you name? Watch the video on our home page to see how many different forms of bullying you can define. Then read the post below to find out more about each one.


Physical Bullying
Physical bullying is what most people think of when they hear the word “bullying.” It is any act that causes, or is intended to cause, physical harm to a person or to a person’s property. That’s right… whether it’s punches thrown in a playground or stealing someone’s hat and throwing it under a bus, physical bullying can cause harm to a person or to their personal property.

Verbal Bullying
Verbal bullying, in spite of its lack of publicity, is probably the most prevalent form of bullying in society. Verbal bullying takes place in schools, on playgrounds, and even in the workplace. Verbal bullying is making remarks or jokes about a person with the intent to harm or hurt their feelings. Verbal bullying may focus on a person’s race, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, looks, weight, intelligence or any number of factors that the person may or may not be able to control. When physical bullying is accompanied by verbal bullying and focuses on certain characteristics, it may be considered a hate crime.

Reputation Bullying
A variation of verbal bullying, reputation bullying occurs indirectly and may be one of the toughest forms of bullying to fight. Reputation bullying includes spreading negative or hurtful information about someone in order to intentionally exclude them from a group or cause others to think differently about them. Reputation bullying can occur over the Internet, as a form of cyber-bullying, or it can occur through notes passed in school or through gossip spread verbally anyway.

Social Alienation Bullying
Nearly everyone has fallen victim to social alienation bullying in school. This very subtle form of bullying occurs when someone intentionally excludes someone else from a social group. Because it’s so subtle, it can be very hard to fight. The best way to combat social alienation bullying is to befriend the bullying victim so they no longer feel excluded. Although it may not seem like a big deal to bystanders, this type of bullying can do lasting harm to a person’s self-esteem and chances for success in life.

Intimidation Bullying
Intimidation bullying occurs when someone threatens another person, frightening that person enough to get them to do what they want. Intimidation bullying is often used so a bully can create a group of other people to stand behind him as he uses verbal, physical or social alienation bullying on someone he or she deems an outsider. In adults, it’s common during situations of domestic violence.

A form of bullying that’s growing in popularity and, like other forms of bullying, can lead to depression and even suicide, cyber-bullying occurs when the bully uses electronic means, including cell phones or the Internet, to bully victims by sharing demeaning or degrading messages, photos or information.

Now that you know the seven categories of bullying, you’ll be better able to spot, stop or prevent them.

What’s the most common form of bullying that you see in your school or community?