Impact of Bullying after Cyberbullying

borrowed, in part, from Despite popular thinking – bullying is NOT a normal part of school and you should NOT just be grateful it is not your kid. Because what if it’s not? No one deserves to suffer, especially a child! Why would anyone make an exception for this just because it happens within the walls of a school? A single kid who bullies can have a wide-ranging impact on the other children they bully, those who observe bullying, and the overall climate of the school and, farther reaching, the community.

Those Who are Bullied
All kids deserve to feel safe at school. But when they experience bullying, they are absolutely not safe! The types of effects that they suffer can last long into their future:

  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Health problems
  • Poor grades
  • Suicidal thoughts

Those Who Bully Others
Children & Teens who intentionally bully others should be held accountable for their actions. Those who bully their peers are also more likely than those kids who do not bully others to:

  • Get into frequent fights
  • Steal and vandalize property
  • Drink alcohol and smoke
  • Report poor grades
  • Perceive a negative climate at school
  • Carry a weapon

Bystanders/Observers of Bullying
Kids who see bullying happen also may feel that they are in an unsafe environment. Effects may include feeling:

  • Fearful
  • Powerless to act
  • Guilty for not acting
  • Tempted to participate

Schools with Bullying Issues

When bullying continues and a school does not take action, the entire school climate can be affected in the following ways:

  • The school develops an environment of fear and disrespect
  • Students have difficulty learning
  • Students feel insecure
  • Students dislike school
  • Students perceive that teachers and staff have little control and don't care about them

C. Salmivalli, K. Lagerspetz, K. Björkqvist, K. Osterman, and A. Kaukiainen, "Bullying as a Group Process: Participant Roles and Their Relations to Social Status within the Group," Aggressive Behavior 22 (1996): 1-15. 
Dan Olweus, "Peer Harassment: A Critical Analysis and Some Important Issues," in Peer Harassment in School, ed. J. Juvonen and S. Graham (New York: Guilford Publications, 2001): 3-20.

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