London, UK (PRWEB) July 14, 2014
The National Center against Bullying defines covert bullying as bullying that “is often harder to recognize and can be carried out behind the bullied person’s back. It is designed to harm someone’s social reputation and/or cause humiliation”. NoBullying examines the dangers of covert bullying today.
Also known as “Relational Aggression,” there are many facets of covert bullying. Often resulting in ignominy, covert bullying is a serious issue not only in schools, but also for adults in everyday life.
Covert bullying comes in four types which are: Social/Relational Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Verbal Bullying and Power/Perception Bullying.
Identifying the types may be tricky when it comes to covert bullying, experts say. This is mainly because some attributes could fall under multiple categories. They warn that categorizing is not as paramount as identifying these behaviors and can even get in the way of finding a solution. A parent or teacher should be open to adapt or modify solutions to fit each individual situation or circumstance.
If one fears they or someone they love is a victim of covert bullying without knowing, it is easier to point it out by looking at some key factors such as the presence “cliques” and popularity competition. In example, if a child is playing alone and doesn’t interact overtly with those around, others may see that as weakness or weirdness, and if they do not seek to understand why their peer is playing alone, they will tend to react with bias and judge the perceived “loner” for their behavior, which feeds the division between the parties.
Another sub-type of covert bullying is Verbal Bullying. This is the more obvious side and revolves around teasing, name-calling, rumoring or gossiping, and narcissistic behavior related to being the spotlight of attention. A less obvious example of verbal abuse is what many call impulsive bullying. This person may not realize what they are doing is abusive.
Whether it is direct bullying or covert bullying, bullying remains a present and potentially deadly danger that involves teens, children and adults and for all kinds and types of bullying to stop, it needs education and constant reminding to society that kindness and tolerance are slowly fading from today’s humanity.
Macartan Mulligan, Co-Founder of NoBullying.com, said “Covert Bullying is harder to identify and see. Nonetheless, it must be adequately stopped. Bullying must be looked at first as a form of crime not as a rite of passage or child’s play. Bullying is a serious issue and must be dealt with accordingly.”
He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and offline. According to Mulligan, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.
NoBullying.com features many bullying sources and pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.
The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.
He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.