Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, but So Much More Can Hurt Me: Negative Impacts of Bullying Within Today's Schools

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Well, those days are long gone. Bullying has taken on a new and more extreme form since the days of old and it appears to be getting disturbingly worse every day. There seems to be no escape from hearing reports being given on the daily morning, evening and nightly news. Children and adolescents, mostly, are being bullied for a range of things from their physical appearance to their challenges with academics, to their or their family’s social-economic status, to the type of cartoons or cartoon paraphernalia that they enjoy, and even their sexual orientation or preference. There really has become no limit to what a child or adolescent can be bullied about.
Bullying is defined as, “unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance (2014). The effects of bullying negatively impacts, not only the target, but the initiator of the bullying as well. It is found that youth who bully their peers are more likely to engage in alcohol abuse, violent behaviors, engage in sexual relationships at an early age and become abusers within their relationships.

Those who fall victim to bullying are more likely to experience depression, sadness, interrupted sleeping and eating, health…

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