There are several different types of bullying: physical, social or emotional, cyber or special needs.
When a child or teenager is threatened by another person or many people, that person becomes a victim of bullying. Recently, an international survey brought stunning statistics that children and young adults have become victims of bullying because their skin has been affected by eczema.
Unfortunately, not only is eczema a catalyst for bullying. Children and teenagers with special needs or conditions are often tormented and become part of the bullying statistics.
Physical bullying is referred to as confrontation between individuals where one provokes the situation with an intention to harm the other person. This is the most common and recognized form of bullying. Physical contact can range from pushing and shoving to hair pulling and grabbing.
Social or emotional bullying can happen when a child or teenager is picked on or singled out in front of friends, classmates, or teammates with the intent to humiliate the person. A child or teenager will do anything to belong socially, in that he or she may not realize the emotional bullying is happening. Girls do it to exclude another girl from the group. Boys, however, do it because the kid may look different or does not fit in with the rest of the group. This type of bullying can start as early as preschool.
With the easy accessibility to social media, children and teenagers have become targets online. The Internet gives the bully the opportunity to torment the victim whenever the mood strikes. From text messages to pop up chats, bullies can use words and symbols to take a jab at anyone that gets in their way. This form of bullying is hard to recognize at first, but becomes worse as the child or teenager continues to engage with the bully online.
Food allergies and medical conditions such as autism and ADD have become a springboard for bullies to easily and effortlessly target their next victim. Children and teenagers are often alienated from a group if they have a food allergy or a medical condition that is apparent and noticeable.
There have been cases where a bully will chase their victim around with something that could affect the allergy, or torment a child if they stutter or have a difficult time listening in class. Most of the time, these situations happen in school, so teachers and parents have to be alerted when it becomes a problem.
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