Students spend a lot of time at school and statistics show that bullying takes place primarily in the school environment. With the pressures of learning, projects and standardized testing - children already have a lot to be concerned about. Students deserve to feel safe at school. Bullying is a serious issue that can affect bystanders as well.
Unfortunately bullying can affect children in several different areas - here are the elements to be concerned with.
Children that are bullied can develop self-esteem and depression issues. Name calling can affect a child's psyche, causing them to believe they are inferior to everyone else. Low self value issues can affect a child into their adulthood and cause them to be miserable about other aspects in their life.
If a student is fearful of their classroom environment, their anxiety could led to them disliking school and producing bad grades because they are mentally consumed with the bullying. While other atmospheres are equally important, a child's school should always be comfortable and safe. Students need a positive classroom environment to reinforce the fundamentals that are taught and that will be used in their future.
Children can produce behavior problems if they are bullied. Acting out can be the way a child is asking for help or they may not know how to handle the situation. Unfortunately if a child's behavioral issues are not addressed accordingly, they will grow up believing that this is the appropriate way to act.
Studies show that children, who are bullied, are more likely to abuse alcohol, drugs, use tobacco and be convicted criminally. Bullied children feel the need to try to fit in more because they are constantly teased and the bullying depreciates their self worth; leading them to seek out extreme ways to be accepted.
Bullying causes children to constantly question the people around them. Children who experience bullying, whether directly or through a bystander view, have to deal with their personal safety continually being jeopardized. Trust levels are not consistent because bullied children do not know what the difference is between acceptable and unacceptable behavior.
Bullies consider their "victims" as safe targets because they do not retaliate. In many cases, these students have issues with standing up for themselves already - adding bullying intensifies problems. Social skills are affected because children are scared to interact with potential bullies; therefore it is difficult to form relationships and many children become abnormally shy and fearful of normal interaction.