Bullying affects teenagers in so many different way, but these four potential consequences scare us the most. As parents, we need to be vigilant and watch for signs of them in our kids.
Children and adults alike can be victims of bullying, and it can take its toll on individuals if they are unable to deal with the effects. Teenagers are more prone to bullying and being bullied than some others, and the effects are sometimes harsher for them. Why? Because peer pressure when you’re an adolescent is a frequent occurrence, and many times teens that do not comply with what their peers expect of them are more often victims of bullying than those that go along with their peers.
There are many examples that can be used, but the most popular one falls into the category of sexual nature. If you’re a good girl or boy that plans to keep their virtue until they meet the right person, then you can easily be labeled a prude, a slut, or homosexual, and that’s when the bullying begins. A sad story, but one that is internationally true.
Below are just a handful of effects that bullying can have on teenagers and even children. Remember, if you know someone who is being bullied or have been bullied yourself, there is help out there and do not be afraid to seek it.
Scariest ways bullying affects teenagers
Being an awkward teenager is hard enough–now imagine being an awkward and depressed teenager. The percentage rate for teen suicide is higher than it has ever been, and even though being bullied isn’t the main reason for teen suicide it can definitely be included as one of the factors along with depression. For some individuals, this depression can continue into their adulthood if the proper guidance or medical advice is not sought after.
Oftentimes, depending on how severe the victim is being bullied, it can lead them to become violent and vengeful. Having fantasies about revenge on their tormentor is not uncommon for a bullied victim. How far they choose to take it can vary from person to person. Some victims will simply imagine what they could do for revenge, but unfortunately, fantasy can lead to reality and then other legal and mental issues along the way. The severity of the violence will vary from one victim to another.
While suicide usually doesn’t occur due to bullying, if combine bullying, anxiety, fear, self-esteem, depression and other mental conditions, it can certainly be a recipe for disaster for the victim. Some of the experts think that bullying doesn’t lead to suicide, that there are underlying mental or medical reasons along with the bullying that can cause it. Many of those affected by suicide would likely disagree with the experts.
4- Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
Another side effect of bullying is often drugs and alcohol. The feelings of low self-esteem, depression, anxiety and more from being bullied can lead to drug and/or alcohol abuse for teenagers that aren’t 100% sure of themselves so the feeling they get from being high or drunk makes them feel that they are worthwhile and invincible. Since this isn’t always the story, the knowledge that it can happen is worth filing away for a later date.
As you can see, these few effects and many others can be life altering for our young people. Bullies do not realize what their torment can actually do to others, and some of them just do not care. If you see anything that is considered bullying, do not be afraid to report it to an adult or organization that helps in the fight against bullying. There are many out there, and some are anonymous, so the bullies will never know that they are being reported. With everyone’s help, maybe, someday, the bullying will end and no child, teenager, or adult will ever have to worry about it again.