Due to the nature of bullying, the child being bullied may find it difficult to tell anyone for the fear that things will get worse if they do. Bullies rely on this fear to continue bullying, resulting in the bullied child feeling ashamed or embarrassed about whats happening.
There are 3 identified types of bullying:
- Indirect bullying also known as social bullying or relational bullying (spreading rumours, social exclusion, disclosing another’s secrets to a third party).
- Direct verbal bullying (yelling abuse at another, name-calling, insulting someone, using verbal threats)
- Direct physical bullying (pushing, hitting, punching, kicking)
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using technology. Whether on social media sites, through a mobile phone, or gaming sites, the effects can be devastating for the young person involved.
The Department for Education has created a great resource for parents and carers about cyberbullying:
You can report any online abuse through the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) by following this link