Understanding relational bullying
Relational bullying is unwarranted, persistent, unwelcome behavior in the form of criticism, isolation, or false allegations and rumors that damage the targeted person’s relationships. Relational bullying includes social exclusion, gossip, and withholding friendship, and it can be devastating for children and teens. These behaviors are more subtle than traditional bullying, often happening out of sight or earshot of adults. But this bullying requires intervention and action. Talk to your children about these behaviors, especially if you notice them being left out of social activities and friendships. For more information, request a copy of the VIRTUS article “Relational Bullying” at https://lacatholics.org/did-you-know/.