5 ways how bullying at school affects adolescents

28 Aug 2019 #Kids

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Bullying is a fact of life that people endure at all stages of life according to circumstances. But it is extremely challenging for young adults. In fact, a study published in The Lancet Psychiatry claims that adolescents who are bullied by their peers suffer from worse long-term mental health effects than children who are maltreated by adults. What is bullying among children?
Bullying among children involves intentional, repeated hurtful acts, words or another behaviour, such as name-calling, threatening and/or shunning by other children. These negative acts are not intentionally provoked by the victim, who is bullied. Bullying may be physical, verbal, emotional or sexual in nature. 
Acts of bullying often occur away from responsible adults like teachers, as a result of an actual or perceived imbalance in power between the bully and the victim.
Here are 5 ways how bullying at school impacts your child:
Learning may suffer
Bullying often creates a climate of fear for the victim, consequently leading to attention deficit, which may eventually interfere with the child’s learning capacity.
Absenteeism/dropping out
Incessant bullying may result in absenteeism from school to avoid bullies. Students may also drop out of schools fearing the bully. In extreme cases, the victim may also attempt suicide to evade the circumstances.
Low self-esteem
Children who are bullied as adolescents often suffer from low self-esteem at later stages in life. The feelings of isolation and constant threat may drive them to become withdrawn or depressed, in some cases for life.
Drastic steps to solve bullying
The constantly victimized adolescent may undertake radical measures, like planning out vengeance in the form of fighting back. This may lead to more severe consequences for the complete community.

Effects on adult life 

Victims of bullying often become hesitant towards social, intellectual, emotional or vocational risks and grow up being socially anxious and insecure, displaying more symptoms of depression.

Bullying is a real issue in every classroom and playground around us. You can take a step towards solving this issue with concerted efforts of ThatMate which focusses on working with young adults across India and helps them deal with their everyday challenges.

-By Rituparna Banerjee