Its forms

Bullying can take on many forms.

Of the direct forms, verbal bullying is the most frequent. Verbal assaults, name-calling and the like in a direct person-to-person situation is the most frequent seen in all the studies done with the Olweus survey to students. Boys are more often exposed to physical bullying, and spreading rumors, excluding someone from a social group, destroying someone's friendships are more frequent among girls.

In recent years bullying via electronic media (the net, cellphones etc.) have been much discussed. There has been a fear that these new electronic media would create a great rise in the levels of bullying. This has not happened. Thorough scientific studies from several countries have disclosed that cyber-bullying is much less common than the bullying done in real life.


A note on the diagram to the right: These percentages are students who during the past couple om months have experienced these forms, occationally or frequently. All of these students are not seen as "bullied" - only those who experience these or other negative acts 2-3 times a month or more when in a weaker position than the perpetrator, are seen as bullied. For the sample used in this diagram, the overall level of bullying was 8%.

In this sample (a large number of Swedish schools) we see the percentage of students who have experienced the different forms of negative acts (at least once during past few months)
Cyber bullying should not be overlooked, but is less common than other forms.