Bullying has been a major problem for a long time and hundreds of thousands of children experience some form of bullying every single day. While public awareness of the prevalence of bullying is at all time high, the problem not only has not been eradicated, but in the era of social media, it has become more serious than ever.
Bullying can take many shapes or forms, and victims can be targeted due to their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or for a variety of other reasons. It is a form of violence, which can be physical; verbal, including making threats or inappropriate sexual comments; or social, including spreading rumors or disseminating hurtful material. In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive, repetitive, and there has to be an imbalance of power.
While a significant part of society considers bullying a normal part of growing up, the reality is that it can have devastating consequences and lasting impact on children and teens. Some of the more serious effects of bullying include depression, anxiety, poor school performance, eating disorders, substance use, anger, isolation, and self-injury. More importantly, too many times, bullying has served as a catalyst for suicide, violence towards others, as well as homicidal ideas or actions.