To stop bullying, you have to know what it looks like.
Over the past several years, physical bullying is happening more and more between girls. To stop physical bullying you need to know what it looks like. The bullying can be as obvious as someone being shoved into a locker, or less obvious like when a student threatens another student.
Physical bullying can be obvious actions like:
Or less obvious actions like:
- Taking or destroying another girl's belongings
- Shaking your fist in someone's face
Here is an example of what physical bullying looks like. Watch as Sarah is threatened and pushed down by Susan.
Think you know?
The following questions are to help you better understand physical bullying. Work by yourself or with a friend and try to come up with answers on your own before looking at our answers.
Questions about the video:
What are the different ways Susan bullies Sarah?
Remember physical bullying can be both physical actions such as hitting or pushing and less obvious actions such as threating someone or shaking your fist in someone's face.
- Susan bullies Sarah by threatening her when she says, "That's not what I heard. We can settle this right here right now."
- She also bullies Sarah when she twists her arm and shoves her to the ground.
Why does no one try to stop Susan?
There are several reasons why bystanders do not step in when someone is being physically bullied.
- First, many bystanders are afraid that the bully might come after them too.
- Second, often people are excited by the thought of a fight and can easily get caught up with the other bystanders who are cheering or egging the bully on.
- Third, bystanders may not know what to do to help the victim so instead they do nothing.
- All of these actions encourage the bully and tell the bully that what he or she is doing is okay.
How did the bystanders join in on the bullying?
Bystanders join in on the bullying:
- Yelled "fight"
- Took video of the fight
- Stared at the victim
- Did nothing
- Whispered to others
What if Susan didn't grab Sarah and throw her to the ground, would her actions still be considered bullying?
Yes, because making verbal threats towards Sarah is also considered bullying.
Let's take a look at what happens next in After The Bullying →