Bullying is defined as something someone repeatedly does or says to dominate another person. Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society, and it is what drives the culture of violence. Dominating males and females bully people whom they perceive as weaker than themselves (Weinhold, 2000). Bullying is fairly common in adolescence. There have been surveys that suggest more than half of all school aged children have experienced bullying within their schools. The purpose of this training report is to educate school counselors on how to recognize bullying behaviors, and the overall effects bullying can have on adolescents.
Bullying and Human Development
Most people don’t think of bullying as anything more than kids being kids. It is so much more than that. Children and adolescents who are bullied are at increased risk for mental health problems including depression, anxiety, headaches, problems adjusting in school, as well as long term damage to self-esteem (NIH, 2014). Bullying often occurs by those who have been bullied in their own lives at some point along the way. As professionals, it is important that bullying is recognized and attended to immediately. There is no place for bullying in school, or anywhere else for that matter. A child’s development could be altered by bullying, and that is something that just should not be tolerated.
Three Types of Bullying
The three main types of bullying are verbal, social, and physical bullying. Each of these types of bullying can equally harmful to a person. Verbal bullying consists of name-calling, teasing, and belittling. Verbal bullies use insults to demean another person. Becoming a victim of verbal bullying in school can lead to illness, psychological stress, and maladjustment (Donoghue, et al., 2014). It is not uncommon for verbal bullying to be dismissed by those in authoritative positions. Children are often told to...