Why Bullying Needs More Efforts to Stop it!!!

The tragic consequences of bullying have become a regular part of the news cycle. While such devastating cases understandably draw the most attention, they risk leaving the impression that bullying is an issue only in severe cases. In fact, bullying is pervasive and often causes harm.

As awareness spreads that bullying is not just a childhood rite of passage but a significant public health issue, the demand for action has increased.

Children who are bullied are more likely to suffer a variety of psychological disorders, including depression and anxiety. They are more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide, though as the Academies report explains, “there is not enough evidence to date to conclude that bullying is a causal factor for youth suicides.” Youth who are bullied also report various physical symptoms, including headaches, sleep disturbances and stomach pain.

The impact can be felt for years. In many cases, the mental health consequences of bullying persist into adulthood. Importantly, it is not only the targets of bullying who suffer. Children who bully others and bystanders who witness bullying are also at greater risk of adverse mental health consequences.

Ensuring a safe environment

So long as bullying persists, and children are hurt, we are not doing enough.
We need more research to address gaps in our understanding of bullying and its consequences. And we must ensure that our responses are based on proven effective programs.

From policymakers to parents, tech companies to teachers, we all have a role to play in preventing bullying and ensuring safe environments for children. Building upon evidence-based research can ensure that we are not just responding to bullying, but that we are responding effectively.


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