Bullying can affect everyone, those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide.
People who are bullied can experience negative physical and mental health issues. People who are bullied are more likely to experience issues that will persist into adulthood, such as:
- Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
- Health complaints
- Decreased academic achievement. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school/work.
- A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.
Other symptoms include:
Low Self Esteem
Anxiety - Panic attacks
Develop eating disorders
Difficulty in making and keeping friends
Lonely and isolated
Out of character behaviour
Feeling sick - having an upset tummy
Suicide and death
Nobody has the right to make anyone feel like this, Don't suffer in silence.
PEOPLE WHO BULLY OTHERS
People who bully others can also engage in violent and other risky behaviors into adulthood.
Kids who bully are more likely to:
- Abuse alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults
- Get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of school
- Engage in early sexual activity
- Have criminal convictions and traffic citations as adults
- Be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses, or children as adults
In addition, recent Victorian research has shown that bullying perpetration in Year 10 is associated with an increased likelihood of theft, violent behaviour and binge drinking.
If bullying isn't stopped, it also hurts the bystanders, as well as the person who bullies others. Bystanders are afraid they could be the next victim. Even if they feel badly for the person being bullied, they avoid getting involved in order to protect themselves or because they aren't sure what to do.
Children who learn they can get away with violence and aggression continue to do so in adulthood.
People who witness bullying are more likely to:
- Have increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs
- Have increased mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
- Miss or skip school/work
TWITTER: A CYBERBULLYING PLAYGROUND
A new study of what types of tweets people are sending shows that there are over 100,000 insulting, bullying, teasing, and otherwise nasty tweets sent on the network every week.
Researchers from the University of Wisconsin in Madison created a computer program to analyze tweets for their content and sentiment in order to determine how many of them were bully-related.
The program identified certain keywords as being related to bullying, such as “kicked”, “called”, “mean” and “suicide”, and ranked them, along with emoticons, to automatically tag tweets as bully-related or not. Researchers say that they were able to identify the typical roles in a bullying encounter on Twitter, such as the bully, victim, accuser and defender, but that they also identified a new role: the reporter.
"The Reporter" ( or bystander ) is a person who witnessed bullying but didn’t participate in any way.