Bullying can leave physical, emotional, and psychological scars that can last a lifetime. It can be devastating, leaving children withdrawn, shy, and insecure. Kids frequently suffer stomach aches, headaches, panic attacks, and nightmares. They can become unable to sleep–or may sleep too much. They often do poorly in school due to loss of focus and confidence or problematic attendance as they try to escape bullies. When unrelenting, bullying can lead children to take their own lives. Bullying also hurts bystanders, who may become fearful that they will be victimized.
Bullies who learn they can get away with aggression and violence sometimes carry this behaviour into adulthood, having a greater likelihood that they can become a sexual predator or otherwise engage in criminal activity.
This is part of why BullyingCanada is so desperately needed. BullyingCanada is Canada’s only national organization that resolves bullying situations by directly facilitating communication between bullied kids, their tormentors, parents, teachers, school boards, social services, and police.