The Effects of Bullying

While many may think of bullying as a childhood rite of passage, the effects of bullying can go well beyond the childhood years.

The Effects of Bullying

Bullying is a huge stress on children, and all adults including parents and teachers, need to take the it seriously as bullying can lead to depression, even suicide. In fact bullying can have both short-term effects and long term ones that can impact a person for a lifetime explains Patti Agatston, co-author of Cyber Bullying.“Short-term effects of bullying can include a drop in grades, it can include kids not wanting to go to school, being fearful and it can affect their academic performance over time. The long-term effects that can continue into adulthood include depression and lower self-esteem.”

Patti adds that “if they’re struggling with lower self esteem and depression that can have an effect on their relationships and the whole trust issue of finding it hard to know who you can trust after people have violated your safety in the past.”

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The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Patti Agatston, an authority on online culture and author of the book Cyber Bullying.

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