Impact of Bullying


One of the most painful aspects of bullying is that it is relentless. Most people can take one episode of teasing or name calling or being shunned at the mall. However, when it goes on and on, bullying can put a person in a state of constant fear or anxiety.  The effects of bullying can be long-lasting

  • Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.

Some kids are so tormented that suicide has become an alternative for them. However, most suicides are not just a result of bullying. There are usually other factors involved.

  • A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.   

Bullying Can Cause Targets to Experience:

  • Fear
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Physical illness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Anger and impulsivity

Targets of Bullying Can Become:

  • Afraid to go to school
  • Afraid to ride the bus or walk to school
  • Afraid to use the school bathroom, hallway or other areas
  • Unable to focus at school and uninterested in school activities
  • Unable to get enough sleep
  • Unable to eat well
  • Isolated from friends and family
  • Uninterested in formerly enjoyable experiences

Bullies Can Also Be Affected

When bullies bully others they miss the chance to get their needs met in more effective ways – ways that are better for them and for others.  Bullying not only gets in the way of bullies getting their needs met, it is also time limited.  Some teen bullies end up being rejected by their peers and lose friendships as they grow older. Bullies may also fail in school and dramatically restrict their options

After high school, most bullies (not all) lose the world in which they can bully. 

Bullying is violence, and it often leads to more violent behavior as the bully grows up Bullies are much more likely to end up in prison or have other legal problems, abuse drugs or alcohol, and engage in domestic violence.

It’s estimated that 1 out of 4 elementary-school bullies will have a criminal record by the time they are 30 (some studies are higher).