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.
In 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.
Standing 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?