If unchallenged, bullying can lead to thoughts that it’s normal and OK to bully, and that can affect the safety of schools, and community.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is a type of youth violence that threatens the well-being of youth. Bullying can result in physical injuries, social and emotional problems, and academic problems.
The harmful effects of bullying are felt by the victim, friends and families. If unchallenged, bullying can lead to thoughts that it’s normal and OK to bully, and that can affect the safety of schools, and community.
Bullying can occur in-person and through technology. “Cyberbullying” is bullying that happens through email, instant message, a website, text message, and social media.
Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death. Victimized youth are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment.
Youth who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence later in adolescence and adulthood.
Victims who have been bullied suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems.