Verbal bullying can focus on anything from weight, appearance, disability, race, gender, sexuality, or anything that marks someone as different from others.
Sometimes, it can be confusing trying to work out whether this is banter or bullying. Where is the line?
A one-off incident may be more fairly classed as banter, but regular, persistent name-calling or insulting is verbal bullying. If you have asked for someone to stop, and they have not, it is verbal bullying.
Verbal bullying can have devastating consequences for people on the receiving end of it. Remember, not all forms of bullying leave bruises.
Why would somebody resort to verbal bullying? There could be a number of reasons:
- They might be doing this to impress their friends or build up some type of reputation
- They may have been bullied themselves and to deflect the attention or because they are angry, they go onto bully someone else.
- They might be enjoying the attention or reaction
- They might be having problems at home or at school so they are taking this out on someone else
- Lack of self-esteem of confidence so they act in a negative way
- They might be angry and frustrated and looking to take things out on someone else.
The impact on the victim, however, can be profound. Please see this video, where our Disability Liaison Officer, Kerry Evans, discusses her experience of bullying when in school.
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