The fourth part in our National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month series will focus on the effects of bullying.
Bullying can be detrimental to anyone, whether they are bullied, are the bully, or are simply a bystander. Bullying is so damaging because it can have a negative impact on mental health. Children who are exposed to bullying can even be led to substance abuse or suicide.
It is also important to note that though there is a correlation between bullying and suicide, bullying alone is rarely the sole cause. Depression, issues at home, and history of trauma can all contribute to the risk of suicide outside of bullying. Bullying can simply degrade an already poor situation if a child is not getting support that they need.
Support should even be provided for children who are exposed to bullying, even if they are not directly involved. Children who bystanders to bullying can suffer from the following effects:
It is important for parents, caregivers, peers, and school staff and faculty to provide support to children who are suffering from bullying—whether they are the bullied or the bully—and be proactive to prevent a bullying situation before it stops.
According to stopbullying.gov, children who are bullied can suffer from the following:
According to stopbullying.gov, children who bully their peers are more likely to be at risk for: