How Bullying Affects Us

By: Elaine Lu  &  Julie Ye 

 

What is Bullying?


Have you ever been bullied? Maybe many people will say: “No way! I’m too tough. "Well, think again, because do you really know what bullying is? We aren’t saying that you’re wrong, but there are many types of bullying, a common misconception is when you’re laughed at by your friends. It may only seem like a joke, but there is a small chance that your friend is showing the symptoms of bullying or they might be doing it on purpose.

Bullying
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 So, what is bullying? Bullying is verbal, physical, and social abuse. Verbal bullying is taunting and calling people names, social bullying is isolating someone or telling others to go away from someone. Physical bullying is hitting or using violence to a certain person. Well, I hope you won’t do any of these or have experienced any of these, but keep reading to learn a lot. 



Bullying is a certain way of making a victim feeling bad, or doing something bad to a certain person, like hitting someone physically, or isolating a certain person. Well, let me tell you about the three main effects of bullying on a person.


Effects of Bullying:


Bullying can affect the future of a victim’s life, so it can lead to physical injury, social problems, emotional problems, and even death. Those who are bullied are at increased risk for mental health problems, headaches, and problems adjusting to school. Bullying also can cause long-term damage to self-esteem. 

Those who are both bullies and victims of bullying suffer the most serious effects of bullying and are at greater risk for mental and behavioral problems than those who are only bullied or who are only bullies.

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NICHD research studies show that anyone involved with bullying—those who bully others, those who are bullied, and those who bully and are bullied—are at increased risk for depression. 


NICHD-funded research studies also found that unlike traditional forms of bullying, youth who are bullied electronically—such as by computer or cell phone—are at higher risk for depression than the youth who bully them.  Even more surprising, the same studies found that cyber victims were at higher risk for depression than were cyberbullies or bully-victims, which was not found in any other form of bullying, which makes it difficult and special.


How to Stop Bullying


Well, there are many ways to prevent or stop bullying, one way is to walk away and ignore them. People that are intent on bullying often people on those who are responsive, if you walk away or ignore them, it shows that you don’t care to the bullies. Our second method is to talk it out. People can stand up for themselves by consulting or talking about it to a trusted individual. If people can do this, maybe they could stand up for themselves to the bully/bullies. Another way is to is to is to understand why the person is bullying you/others. This can help the victim understand that they didn’t do anything wrong to the other person and the problem and the problem is related to the bully.

Now, knowing how bullying affects someone, and how to stop bullying, do you still want to be a bystander? Are you getting bullied? Remember in the future: Treat others the way you want to be treated. Don’t be a bully. 


Additional Resources:


For children with vision impairments, wearing glasses will help them grow, develop and learn as efficiently as possible. However, despite its therapeutic benefits, wearing glasses can increase a child's exposure to bullying by up to 37 percent, making them more susceptible to unwarranted physical, verbal, or emotional harassment. To educate the public on this, MyVision.org has published a guide on how to combat childhood bullying for wearing glasses where they cover the following topics: - Alternatives to Glasses for Children - Damage Bullying Can Cause - Prevention, and more. Visit the site for more information: https://myvision.org/guides/bullying-from-glasses/


Read more about mental health on Perspective:

https://www.cissperspective.com/post/mental-health

 

Sources:


Image one: Unsplash Images

Image two: Hepress: https://fr.hespress.com/68362-la-depression-au-maroc-ce-nest-pas-un-mythe.html


Ways to Stop/Prevent Bullying: https://www.todaysparent.com/kids/school-age/stop-bullying/

Effects of Bullying: https://www.stopbullying.gov/bullying/effects, https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/bullying/conditioninfo/health




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