Top 5 Negative Effects of Bullying

Updated on December 15, 2017
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Mamma Z is the Author and Illustrator of the Children's Book Series "Zombie Squirts." She is on a mission to eliminate bullying!

Bullying

If you see this kind of interaction between kids at school, SPEAK UP! This kind of behavior should not be tolerated
If you see this kind of interaction between kids at school, SPEAK UP! This kind of behavior should not be tolerated | Source

Why Is it Important to Identify the Negative Effects of Bullying?

When we think about bullying, sometimes the first thing that comes to mind is that maybe a child/teen is just getting picked on at school, and we all hope that it will resolve itself and no further actions should be taken. In some cases, being "picked on" at school is fairly normal. Some younger children haven't developed the skills yet to communicate what is going on in their head, especially when they are trying to explain what they "like" or "don't like" about somebody else. They might look at another student who is different than themselves and not know how to express the differences, so they tend to point out these differences in a harsh way.

This is not a terrible situation, and most children after they develop the correct vocabulary and phrasing, can identify these differences and not sound so "mean" while trying to explain what they are seeing as differences in another person. It is up to the parents and teachers in our community to explain to the children that just because someone is "different" does not mean that they deserve to be treated poorly.

Do not let this simple "teasing" fool you though. Because it is when
"teasing" or "misunderstanding differences" towards another person gets taken too far and becomes a serious problem. A problem that can have long term negative effects on people, some that even last an entire lifetime.

There are many negative effects that bullying causes in people: children/teens and even adults. The first step to solving a problem is to understand the problem and the results or consequences of that problem. It is always a good idea to find some books, videos or other media content that can open the discussion of bullying with your kids!

If we are going to eliminate bullying we must first look at its negative effects and take action to prevent it!

"Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke"

— Benjamin Disraeli

Five Negative Effects of Bullying

5. School Drop Outs

It might be surprising to you to find out that 1 in 10 Students that drop out of school dropped out due to being bullied. If someone feels as though they can't be accepted for who they are in the ONE PLACE that they are suppose to feel safe, why would they want to stay? This is a problem because these children lose out on the opportunity to advance their education and possibly make a more successful life for themselves.

  • High School Dropouts will earn $200,000 less than a high school graduate over his/her lifetime.
  • In the United States, high school dropouts commit roughly 70-75% of crimes.

Millions of Students Drop Out Each Year

  • Every year, over 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the United States alone.
  • 1 student every 26 seconds – or 7,000 a day. About 25% of high school freshmen fail to graduate from high school on time

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4. Bullying Affects The Child's Ability to Learn

Children that are bullied have a harder time retaining information throughout the day. When they are constantly worried about when and where they could be bullied next, this takes away from their time spent on learning. Not only are they distracted by wondering when or where the bullying will come next, but when someone is bullied, it affects their brain's receptors negatively. This leads to a lack of concentration and depression.

  • Nearly 24% of children suffer chronic levels of bullying at school. These kids had a "lower academic achievement" and a "greater dislike of school."
  • Roughly 18% experience moderate bullying at school. The results of lower academic achievement and dislike for school was similar to those who suffered chronic levels of bullying.

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3. Bullying Affects the Child's Ability to Trust Others

Anytime someone gets bullied, they develop a strong mistrust for people. This might not show in younger years with the child, but as they grow and mature and start to build relationships with others, this deep seeded mistrust for people starts to surface. This can cause failed friendships, and even future relationships with their significant others.

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"Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships."

— Stephen Covey

2. School Shootings

Students that have been harassed and/or bullied in schools have been linked to almost 75% of School Shootings in the USA. When these kids feel as though nobody cares for them and gets to the point where rage takes control of them, this is when school shootings take place. We could prevent unnecessary deaths by teaching children the importance of respect and acceptance.

  • Bullying Victims are twice as likely to bring a weapon to school

Stop Bullying

When you bully someone you take away their self confidence. In order to grow, we need to learn to lift other up...not tear them down.
When you bully someone you take away their self confidence. In order to grow, we need to learn to lift other up...not tear them down.

1. Bullying Can Lead to Depression and Suicide

The worst case outcome from bullying is, of course, depression and suicide. This does not only pertain to children, but teens and adults as well. Depression is a very serious illness that over 350 Million people worldwide suffer from. We could prevent some of these suicide cases by eliminating bullying and teaching our children to accept others for their differences.

  • Bullying is the 3rd LEADING CAUSE of death among our youth.
  • Bully victims are up to 9 times MORE likely to consider suicide.
  • Nearly 30% of students claim to be victims of bullying.

Suicide isn't cowardly. I'll tell you what is cowardly; treating people so badly that they want to end their lives.

— Ashley Purdy

© 2017 Mamma Z

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      John Dove 5 weeks ago

      Congratulations on another good Hub on bullying, that scourge that leads to terrible consequences, as you point out so well. Spread the word. Stop bullying. Watch for my real-life story coming up on a future Hub.