Social bullying is a very common form of bullying.  It involves leaving a person out on purpose, gossiping, lying in an attempt to damage relationships and friendships, or embarrassing another in public or around peers.

Another form of social bullying is aggressive behavior.  with or without physical bullying.  Intimidation of a larger person, whether it be a child, a spouse, parent or a manager can be terrifying.  Once it is known that the behavior works to coherse the victim into the desired behavior, the bully will continue this method until either stood up to or shut down by means of the law or a trusted adult.

Verbal bullying can overlap into this group as well.  This shows itself in gossiping or in a person lying to others about the victim to get them to exclude the person or to taunt them.  Cyber bullying will fit this category when rumors are written on the internet or social media.  Although the internet is newer, written bullying took place long before it, but was in the form of folded notes passed from person to person, in yearbooks, or on bathroom walls.   

In schools, those who are perceived as different, whether it be from disabilities, underweight, overweight, or are LGBT, are the most likely targets.  

Recent national school climate surveys capturing the school experiences of students who identify as LGBT found high rates of bullying exposure for all forms of bullying behavior, including social bullying. LGBT respondents 13–20 years of age were asked how often they experienced two common forms of relational aggression: being purposefully excluded by peers and being the target of mean rumors or lies. Nearly half of all youth surveyed (49 percent) experienced deliberate exclusion by their peers “frequently” or “often” throughout the course of the school year, and 40 percent were “frequently” or “often” the target of mean rumors or lies (Kosciw et al., 2011).

As with all other forms of bullying, talking with a counselor, teacher, trusted adult, or parent is essential in getting the behavior to cease.  Although standing up to the bully will, in some cases, stop the behavior, having support from a trusted adult will prove highly beneficial to stopping the bullying.