WHY SHOULD I BE CONCERNED ABOUT BULLYING?

 

What are the negative outcomes for students who are bullied?
To meet the academic goals of education, students must perceive their learning environment to be a safe and secure place. Bullying in schools is counterproductive to this goal. Research shows that students who are bullied

  • feel unhappy at school
  • dislike school
  • view school as not a nice place to be
  • view school as an unsafe place
  • feel lonely
  • want to avoid the school environment
  • demonstrate lower academic competence
  • have higher rates of absenteeism

In addition, students who are bullied are more likely to suffer from a number of physical and mental health problems, and research that suggests that these effects can be long lasting. As a group, students who are bullied have

  • more physical complaints
  • lower self-esteem
  • greater feelings of ineffectiveness and more interpersonal difficulties
  • higher levels of depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • higher levels of anxiety and worry

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What are the negative outcomes for students who bully others?
Like students who are bullied, students who bully others

  • feel unhappy at school
  • dislike school
  • view school as not a nice place to be
  • demonstrate lower academic competence
  • experience higher levels of depression, self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • have a greater incidence of mental health problems
  • experience greater negative health symptoms in general

Moreover, students who bully

  • are more likely to engage in delinquent behaviours such as wagging school, vandalism and shoplifting
  • are more likely to engage in violent behaviour after leaving school
  • are more likely to earn a criminal conviction as adults

Of further concern is the research finding that

  • students who bullied at age 14 are more likely to demonstrate bullying behaviour at ages 18 and 32
  • students who engaged in bullying at age 14 tend, at age 32, to have children who engage in bullying

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