Bullying vs Violence – there can be a fine line in the difference of bullying and violence. This article offers commonalities of violence and bullying, and compares differences in bullying vs violence. Get tips for reducing bullying and violence.
Though bullying is often considered a form of physical or psychological violence, bullying has some different root causes than other types of violence, and also may require different prevention strategies. Let’s compare bullying vs violence for a better understanding.
Violence may be defined as doing harm to another, whether physical or mental. Under this definition, bullying would be considered a form of violence. Comparatively, bullying is different from other types of violence, however, because it usually occurs when one person or group of people singles out another person with the intent of being mean through:
- Spreading rumors
- Playing mean practical jokes
- Social exclusion
Bullying behavior is usually repeated over a period of time until it becomes a pattern. Victims often feel helpless and unable to fight back or defend themselves.
Bullying may take place in person or through electronic media devices, and may be direct or indirect, in comparison violence is always physical. While boys are more likely to engage in violence and in physical bullying, girls are more likely to bully through indirect methods like spreading rumors and purposefully excluding others. Bullying is usually worst during the middle school years, though it can occur from elementary school through high school and beyond into college and the workplace.