Headaches, stomachaches, loneliness, depression, suicide: from physical to emotional, short term to long term, bullying takes its
toll. Kids who see or experience bullying certainly feel the impacts,
and may even lash out with anger and violence. But research also shows
that those who bully suffer consequences as well.
Beyond harming others, children who bully are
often harming themselves and their future potential. Communities also
suffer. Children who bully without consequences have a greater chance
of committing crimes as teenagers and into adulthood.
addition to feeling lonely, depressed and bad about himself, a child or
teenager who is being bullied might report being sick with headaches
and stomachaches or other complaints. The sickness may be real, or a
child might feel more comfortable saying he doesn’t feel well than
reporting a bully.
When a child is
worried about being hit, made fun of, or talked about behind her back,
learning can take a backseat. From not paying attention in class to
flatly refusing to go to school, children who experience bullying tend
to have trouble keeping up and schoolwork and grades may suffer.
by while a classmate gets taunted or joining in on the laughter at
someone else’s expense is no picnic either. Who wants to be in school
when it’s a place where you feel guilty for not helping a classmate or
are wondering if you’ll be the next victim?