Long-Term effects of Bullying
Nowadays it is quite ÒnormalÓ to hear about cases of children being bullied, this situation has unfortunately become an every day thing for many children around the world, this will open a number of debates and a number of excuses, maybe the most heard ÒexcuseÓ is We all went through something similar when we were children and it didnÕt hurt us. – or another very commonly heard ÒexcuseÓ – Bullying just makes you stronger. –
Well, recent studies prove that this opinion is completely wrong, these studies establish that the negative effects of bullying could last up to 40 years, this means that children who are bullied when they are 11, 12, etc. suffer these effects until they are well over the age of 50.
Now is when some people reading this article start saying -What an exaggeration- or ThatÕs taking things too far.- well all I can do is express my sympathy for the people who believe that. ItÕs probably not entirely their fault that they have these beliefs, maybe it was a lack of a correct education regarding bullying when they were at school but itÕs this type of thinking that allows bullying to survive.
Children who are bullied need long-term support after being bullied, they are at a great risk of depression and anxiety and they usually live a lower quality of life due to the consequences of this abuse.
In more drastic cases of bullying those who were bullied suffer deep depressions, some of which even have suicidal thoughts, this can also have consequences in the living standards as many adult who were bullied as children are more likely to be unemployed or work in underpaid jobs.
Solutions to this problem.
Unfortunately once bullying has been detected it is very difficult to solve, the best option is early intervention, the idea of buying being an inevitable part of growing up needs to be forgotten.
Bullying is traumatic and painful for every young person who experiences it and the long-term effect can lead to severe psychological damage, follow-up strategies are essential to minimise the suffering .
By Keith Appleby (Chief Editor)
The Canary Express