SIGNS OF BULLYING
Up to 25% of students report having been bullied at some point in their lives, and of this percentage, there are a certain number of cases that result in very, very severe outcomes. The consequences of bullying extend from low self-esteem, social withdrawal and isolation, maladjustment on both a social and emotional level, to potential for substance abuse and failing grades. Victims may become depressed, experience anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, struggle with anger, aggression or hostility, experience suicidal ideation, or attempt suicide.
Bullying makes people upset. It can make children feel lonely, unhappy and frightened. It can make them feel unsafe and think there must be something wrong with them. Children can lose confidence and may not want to go to school anymore. It may even make them sick.
Some people think bullying is just part of growing up and a way for young people to learn to stick up for themselves. But bullying can have long-term physical and psychological consequences. Some of these include:
If you think you can’t make a difference, you are wrong.
If you think you are too old or too young to make change happen, you are wrong.
If you think that somebody else will do it first, you are wrong.
Signs your child is being bullied