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Can You Name The Three Types of Bullying?

There are Three Types of Bullying

Bullying occurs when a person (not just children)…(or this can be a group of people) repeatedly tries to physically hurt, emotionally embarrass or frighten another person.

The Mental Health Humor Cartoon above is focused on bullying on school grounds and finding a loop-hole in the Anti-Bullying Policy. Much of the bullying that happens nowadays is not always on “school grounds” or in the real world… Online there is vicious and hateful bullying being done. This is called Cyberbullying or “electronically bullied.”

“Children and teenagers who bully use their unequal power against kids or teens who are younger or unable to fight back in any meaningful way. This imbalance of power is key, because bullies look for victims who cannot defend themselves. While sometimes the bullying is physical, increasingly bullying behavior is done electronically online, through apps, Facebook, other social media, or websites. This form of bullying is referred to as “electronically bullied.”” ~†Facts & Statistics on Bullying 

Mental Health Humor and psychological disorder humor and cartoons by Chato StewartThere are Three Types of Bullying

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website ‡, defines 3 types of bullying: Verbal bullying, Social bullying (also called “relational”), and Physical bullying .

Here are the three types of bullying:

Verbal bullying is saying or writing mean things. Verbal bullying includes:

  • Teasing
  • Name-calling
  • Inappropriate sexual comments
  • Taunting
  • Threatening to cause harm

Social bullying, sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. Social bullying includes:

  • Leaving someone out on purpose
  • Telling other children not to be friends with someone
  • Spreading rumors about someone
  • Embarrassing someone in public

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions. Physical bullying includes:

  • Hitting/kicking/pinching
  • Spitting
  • Tripping/pushing
  • Taking or breaking someone’s things
  • Making mean or rude hand gestures

†Grohol, J. (2016). Facts & Statistics on Bullying. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 27, 2016, from

‡Stop Bullying Gov (2016). Bullying Definition. Retrieved on May 27, 2016, from

Can You Name The Three Types of Bullying?

Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2016). Can You Name The Three Types of Bullying?. Psych Central. Retrieved on November 30, 2020, from


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