It’s not really news that our nation has a school bullying problem. As the rise of technology has given us tons of new tools for good, it has also made it easier for bullies to reach their targets. The school system has increased its efforts in deterring bullying, but more can and should be done. Bullying has the ability to negatively impact a child emotionally, physically, and academically.
The effects of bullying don’t stop when an adolescent steps off the school bus and into the home, they follow them wherever they go–especially with the help of technology.
Negative effects follow children into adulthood
Even with more and more research coming out on the topic of school bullying and its effects, many parents continue to believe that if a child can make it through a rough childhood relatively intact, they’ll be fine as adults. This isn’t always the case, of course. Childhood trauma, such as bullying, can lead to severe consequences over the years.
Specifically, studies show that bullying increases the risk of a child developing a mental illness in adulthood, the most common being depression. This shows that there are indeed long-term effects of bullying during childhood and adolescence.
Bullying isn’t an unusual occurrence, either; around 1 in 4 to 1 in 3 students report being bullied at some point during school. The sheer amount of students reporting being bullied should motivate more action to be done in the classroom and at home in terms of bullying.
A blow to academics
A recent study has shown that adolescents who have experienced school bullying through most of their educational career run the risk of performing much lower academically. Researchers believe this could come from a place of low self esteem and anxiety. Once a teen has been beaten down–verbally or physically–through bullying, it can greatly affect how they perceive themself and their abilities.
The study tracked many children all across the US over the course of an entire school experience (kindergarten to 12th grade). It was found that a whopping 24 percent experienced “chronic levels of bullying” during those years. Those that experienced this level of bullying struggled in academics, disliked school, and believed less in their academic capabilities.
All of those internal issues can halt a young person’s personal growth into adulthood. It can keep them from even attempting to reach their full potential. This is why school bullying can be so damaging to an individual.
If you believe your child may be struggling with school issues or bullying, it’s incredibly important to seek out a professional for guidance.
blueFire Wilderness can help with effects of school bullying
blueFire Wilderness is a wilderness therapy program for teens, ages 11 to 17, grappling with depression, school bullying, anxiety, ADHD, video game addiction, and other emotional or behavioral problems. We understand that this is a difficult and confusing time for the whole family, but we’re here to guide you through it. At blueFire, we strive to help each client find their inner confidence and succeed.
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