What You Need to Know About the Effects of Bullying
Bullying is a serious problem that can have lasting effects on its victims. It is important to be able to identify the signs of bullying, as well as the different types of bullying, in order to help put a stop to it. This blog post will discuss the definition of bullying, the different types of bullying, the signs that someone is being bullied, and the effects of bullying. It will also provide some tips on what to do if you are being bullied.
According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, bullying is “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time.” In other words, bullying is a type of repeated harassment that usually involves an imbalance of power. For example, a bully might repeatedly make threats or spread rumors about someone who they know can’t or won’t defend themselves.
Bullying can take many different forms. It can be physical (such as hitting or shoving), verbal (such as name-calling or making threats), social (such as excluding someone from a group on purpose), or cyber (such as sending mean texts or emails). No matter what form it takes, bullying is always about trying to control, humiliate, or harm someone else.
Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. Kids who are bullied are more likely to struggle with anxiety and depression later in life. And kids who bully others are more likely to get into fights, drop out of school, and abuse drugs and alcohol later on.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include:
An imbalanced power dynamic- this means that the person being bullied has difficulty defending themselves against the bully
The behavior is repeated or has the potential to be repeated
So if you witness something like this happening- whether you’re the one being bullied or you see someone else being bullied- it’s important to speak up and get help. If you’re not sure whether what you’re seeing qualifies as bullying, err on the side of caution and assume that it does. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you think you might be being bullied, there are a few things you can do:
Talk to a trusted adult about what’s going on- this could be a parent, teacher, coach, counselor, principal, etc.
Keep a record of what’s happening- write down dates, times, locations, witnesses if possible
Different types of bullying
There are four main types of bullying: physical, verbal, emotional, and cyberbullying. Let’s take a closer look at each one.
Physical bullying is when someone uses their body or anything around them to hurt someone else. This could involve hitting, kicking, shoving, or taking someone’s things. Physical bullying also includes making mean or rude hand gestures.
Verbal bullying is when someone says mean or hurtful things to someone else. This could be name-calling, making fun of someone’s appearance or abilities, threatening someone, or spreading rumors about someone.
Emotional bullying is when someone tries to make another person feel bad about themselves. This could involve excluding someone from a group on purpose, telling lies about someone, making fun of how someone looks or acts, or sending mean text messages or emails.
Cyberbullying is when someone uses technology to bully another person. This could include
sending mean text messages or emails, posting hurtful comments on social media sites, spreading rumors online, or pretending to be somebody else online in order to trick another person.
The signs that someone is being bullied
One of the most important things to know about bullying is how to identify the signs that someone is being bullied. Oftentimes, people who are being bullied exhibit changes in behavior or mood. These changes can be both short-term and long-term.
Some of the short-term changes that may occur in someone who is being bullied include:
- Withdrawing from friends and social activities
- Skipping school or class
- Losing interest in hobbies or activities they used to enjoy
- Changes in eating habits, such as loss of appetite or overeating
- Sleeping more or less than usual
- Experiencing headaches or stomach aches with no known medical cause
Long-term effects of bullying can include:
- Anxiety and depression
- Problems sleeping
- Low self-esteem
The effects of bullying
Bullying can have a number of negative effects on both the victim and the bully. It can lead to physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. In addition, bullying can cause students to miss school, receive lower grades, and experience social isolation and loneliness.
Physical injuries are one of the most common effects of bullying. Victims of bullying may suffer from cuts, bruises, broken bones, and concussions. In some cases, bullying can even lead to death.
Psychological trauma is another common effect of bullying. Victims of bullying may suffer from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and post-traumatic stress disorder. They may also engage in self-harm or attempt suicide.
Bullying can also cause students to miss school. Victims may be afraid to go to school or may skip class in order to avoid the bully. As a result, they may receive lower grades and have difficulty in academic achievement. Additionally, bullying can result in social isolation and loneliness. Victims may have trouble making friends or keeping friends due to the fear of being bullied.
What to do if you are being bullied
If you are being bullied, it is important to tell someone about the bullying. Keep a record of what has happened. Try to stay near adults or other students when possible. Ignore the bully if you can. If you can stand up for yourself safely, you should do so.
If the bullying is happening at school, tell your teacher, counselor, or another adult at school. If the bullying is happening online, tell your parents or another adult you trust. You can also report it to the website or service where it is happening. If bullying is happening in your neighborhood, tell your parents or another adult you trust.
Keep a record of what has happened, including dates, times, locations, and witnesses. This will help adults know what has been going on and how to best help you.
Try to stay near adults or other students when possible. If there is someone who always seems to be around when the bullying happens, see if you can stay near them.
Ignore the bully if you can. This can be hard to do, but sometimes it is the best thing to do. The bully might get bored and stop if you do not react.
If you can stand up for yourself safely, you should do so. This might stop the bullying from happening again.
In conclusion, when it comes to bullying, there are a few key things to keep in mind. First, bullying is a serious problem with serious consequences. If you or someone you know is being bullied, it is important to tell someone and get help. Second, bullying can take many different forms, from physical to emotional to cyberbullying. It is important to be aware of the different types of bullying so that you can recognize it if it happens to you or someone you know. Finally, bullying can have both short-term and long-term effects, so it is important to get help even if the bullying has stopped.