The Effects of Bullying on Childhood Development

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Schools are supposed to be a haven for children to learn and build educational and social skills. However, the ill effects of bullying are disrupting children’s education, social skills, and lives. According to a youth risk and behavior survey (2011), approximately 20% of students in grades nine through twelve have been bullied (Heintz 1).
Bullying was once thought as a normal part of childhood development; however, in recent years bullying is classified as a major health concern (Tusinski 10). Bullying can have dire effects on children’s psychological and social development. As stated by Karin Tusinski, “victims of bullying often experienced problems of depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, as well as difficulties at school” (11). In addition, the aftereffects of bullying can follow children throughout adulthood; therefore, it is critical to eliminate bullying from the start to ensure it does not cause long lasting effects on its victims. Parents and students must be educated on the effects of bullying in hopes of thwarting it.

What is Bullying? “Bullying is the use of force, threat or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively impose domination over others” (Heintz 1). In principle, bullying can be viewed as a form of physical or psychological violence; which is usually repetitive in nature. Bullying comes in three forms, physical,…
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