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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):

Harm to another's body or property
Harm to another's self-esteem
Harm to another's group acceptance
Verbal Non-verbal Verbal Non-verbal Verbal Non-verbal
  • 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






  • 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





  • 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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