Physical Bullying: The Complete Guide for Parents
It’s hard to miss physical bullying on the playground. You will notice a punch to the eye more easily than a sly remark passed at the back of a class.
Physical bullying is most visual of the common types of bullying. If you don’t see it in action, you’ll know something is wrong after taking a look at the victim! It’s also the most classically accepted form of bullying. Most people understand why hurting another person is wrong under any circumstance.
When bullying became more understood in the 70s and 80s, it took centre stage as the main issue. Classrooms showed awareness clips that oversimplified the issue. There would always be a clear victim and a clear bully, which is often not the case.
Bullying was defined as a punch or a kick. Which again, is also not quite true.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me,”
was one of the key anti-bullying folk phrases released in the 1970s. The perfect example of how sensationalised physical bullying was.
Yet today, after all of the attention that has been drawn to bullying, it's still an issue of serious concern.
Physical bullying is still a big problem. Approximately 282,000 middle school students in the USA are assaulted every month. That’s about 3,4 million kids a year, excluding those who experience any other types of bullying. And this number keeps on growing.
So the question we should be asking is (after all these years):
Do we actually know what physical bullying is? And what is the right way to deal with it?