Why Should I Be Concerned About Bullying?
Public awareness of the negative effects of bullying has increased dramatically in recent years due to the increased focus on bullying by media and researchers.
Bullying is no longer seen as a “rite of passage” or an example of “kids being kids.” Bullying is now known to have a negative effect on children’s physical and emotional well-being, social development and learning.17-20
For example, children who bully others are more likely to:
- Be injured in a fight
- Drink alcohol or smoke
- Engage in other anti-social behavior
- Be truant, drop out of school
- Perceive a negative climate at school