Physical bullying, or physical assault, is using your body and physical bodily acts to exert power over others.
Punching, kicking and other physical attacks are all types of physical bullying.
Unlike cyber and verbal bullying, the effects of physical bullying can be easier to spot.
Physical bullying occurs most often at school, though it can also occur on the way to and from school, and after school.
Secondary school is the age when bullying is most common, with almost all secondary school students being affected directly or indirectly by bullying in some form.
This is an age where young people want more to fit in with their peers, making some children more likely to bully or condone bullying just to fit in, while those who don’t fit in stand out more as victims.
Physical bullying is more likely to occur among males; they are often physically stronger than their victims and have friends who condone their behaviour.
It has been found, however, that children who bully others often have trouble with self control, following rules and caring for others. They are often at higher risk of problems later in life, such as violence, criminal behaviour, or failure in relationships or careers.
Victims of physical bullying are usually physically weaker than their bullies, and also may be socially marginalised for reasons including weight, ethnicity or other characters that make it harder for them to feel they fit in.
Bullying can have serious consequences for the victim, leading to low self-esteem, depression, trouble at school, and sometimes even violent behaviour themselves.
Signs to look out for with physical bullying
If you are worried about physical bullying, here are some key signs to look out for:
- Coming home from school with bruises, cuts, or other unexplained injuries
- Damaged clothing, books or possessions
- Often ‘losing’ things they take to school
- Regular complaining of not feeling well before school or certain school activities
- Attempting to skip certain classes
- Wanting to avoid going to school, or going to school a certain way, such as taking strange routes home from school or not wanting to take the bus
- Acting sad or depressed, and/or withdrawing from others
- Saying they feel picked on
- Mood swings, including anger or sadness
- Wanting to run away
- Talking about suicide or violence against others.
Please see our full resource for secondary age children here, or for primary age children here. If you are being bullied, please tell somebody – remember you are not alone. There are further links below with helpful information and advice.
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