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The Effects of Bullying

Bullying results in short-term and long-term effects for both the child being bullied and the bully him/herself. Being the victim of a bully is extremely stressful for any child. What’s worse, kids who are bullied are often reluctant to talk about it and tell their stories. Bullying is more dangerous than parents think, and it's important to nip bullying in the bud as soon as it starts.

The Immediate Effects of Bullying

Children who are bullied may suffer from low self-esteem, a lack of confidence, and an array of emotional issues. If the bullying is happening at school, school is no longer the safe haven it should be, and victims may dread and dislike school and any social activities associated with school.

So, what are the long-term effects of bullying?

  • A poor education. Kids who are bullied may leave school earlier, skip classes, and avoid furthering their education at a college or university. Additionally, children who are bullied may be more likely to drop out of school.
  • No end in sight. Kids who are bullied may be more likely to experience increased victimization later in life due to their low self-esteem and confidence issues. Many of these kids view themselves as an “easy target.”
  • Emotional consequences. Children who are bullied may be more likely to feel angry, bitter, and sad. These emotions may develop into a desire for revenge and even suicide. The noticeable rise in school shootings and school-aged child suicides is at least partially attributable to bullying.
  • Loner for life. Kids who are bullied may have trouble trusting people and making new friends. Additionally, children who are bullied tend to stay away from extracurricular activities and may avoid new social situations.
  • Self-esteem issues. Self-esteem is critical in developing children and teens. Kids who are bullied may develop self-esteem issues, especially if the bullying is extreme or lasts for an extended period of time
  • Alcohol and drug abuse. Kids who are bullied may be more likely to drink, smoke, and abuse drugs. Many kids who are bullied are looking for an escape from the abuse.
  • Inability to cope. Childhood victims of bullies may never have the opportunity to develop effective coping strategies and abilities. This lack of development may affect adult relationships. Children who have been bullied may resort to violence or aggression to solve a problem.

Lasting Consequences from Bullying

The effects of bullying can last a lifetime. As a parent, you should always take bullying seriously. Help your child understand bullying and its devastating effects to help spread awareness.