Powered by Mom Blog talks about the Harmful Effects of Bullying
I’d like to think that we’re more aware of the harmful effects of bullying and are taking action to educate and prevent bullying but sadly I don’t think this is the case. All children should never have to experience bullying but it happens. We’ve still got a long way to go when it comes to education and stopping bullying to but we can do it!
All kids should be able to smile and just be themselves without fear of being bullied for being them.
Bullying is more prominent than you might think. Sadly the child who is being bullied often does not say anything when the bullying starts but rather becomes withdrawn and depressed. Parents, caregivers, and teachers notice a lack of interest in school and extracurricular activities. The child suffers in silence for the most part, until the harm has been so devastating that they cannot contain themselves any longer.
Without professional intervention, the child may become violent. Lashing out at those they love just to release some of their pent up rage. Sometimes they take matters into their own hands turning their rage onto society and the world around them. This rage can sometimes explode into acts of violence on their family, friends or even strangers. In some cases, this rage or despair is turned towards themselves. This despair and lack of confidence in themselves and their situation can sometimes lead them to think that their lives are no longer worth living and resort to suicide. Sometimes they are successful at the first attempt. Other times they try several times until they succeed.
Bullying does have a negative effect on the health and welfare of the victim. Those that have endured bullying are more at risk for when they are older for criminal activity or substance abuse. It can also lead to lack of employment or proper social skills to help them through adolescence and adulthood.
If you suspect your child is being bullied, it is your responsibility as a parent to take charge and get your child to tell you who is bullying them and take action to stop this abuse from happening. Here are some common signs of bullying that may explain your child sudden change in behaviour.
- Common Signs of Bullying
- Changes in behaviour
- Absence from school
- Withdrawal from society
- Mood swings
- Physical marks on skin
- Loss of school work, toys, and other personal items as well
- Torn or ripped clothing
One important thing to remember when you have children is to keep the lines of communication open. Become a parent, and be a friend to your child. Make sure that you are the one that they can trust enough to confide in you.
BULLYING IS NOT ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR!!!!
Have you ever been bullied in school? Did you ever mention the incident to your parents or did you suffer in silence? PLEASE LEAVE RESPECTFUL AND CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENTS ONLY!