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Bullying prevention

Bullying behavior chart

The following chart helps to illustrate some of the various forms of bullying behaviors.

Examples are divided into verbal and non-verbal behavior categories, and are arranged according to levels of severity (3 being examples of the most serious bullying behaviors):

  Physical
Harm to another's body or property
Emotional
Harm to another's self-esteem
Social
Harm to another's group acceptance
Verbal Non-verbal Verbal Non-verbal Verbal Non-verbal
1
  • Taunting
  • Expressing physical superiority



 

  • Making threatening gestures
  • Defacing property
  • Pushing/shoving
  • Taking small items from others

 

  • Insulting remarks
  • Calling names
  • Teasing about possessions, clothing
  • Giving dirty looks
  • Holding nose or other insulting gestures
  • Saying someone has germs or is unclean
  • Gossiping
  • Starting/spreading rumors
  • Teasing publicly about clothes, looks etc.

 

 

 

 

  • Passively not including in a group
  • Playing mean tricks

 

 

 

 

 

2
  • Threatening physical harm
  • Blaming victim

 

 

 

 

 

  • Damaging property
  • Stealing
  • Initiating fights
  • Scratching
  • Tripping or causing a fall
  • Assaulting
  • Insulting family
  • Harassing with phone calls
  • Insulting intelligence, athletic ability etc.

 

  • Defacing school work
  • Falsifying school work
  • Defacing personal property, clothing etc.

 

 

  • Insulting race, gender
  • Increasing gossip/rumors
  • Undermining other relationships

 

 

 

 

  • Making someone look foolish
  • Excluding from the group

 

 

 

 

3
  • Making repeated and/or graphic threats
  • Practicing extortion
  • Making threats to secure silence: "If you tell, I will..."

 

 

 

  • Destroying property
  • Setting fires
  • Biting
  • Physical cruelty
  • Making repeated, violent threats
  • Assaulting with a weapon
  • Frightening with phone calls
  • Challenging in public

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Ostracizing
  • Destroying personal property or clothing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Threatening total group exclusion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Arranging public humiliation
  • Total group rejections/ostracizing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

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