Bullying: What Can You Do?

Was Middle School or High School a terrible time for you? Do you remember being bullied by your less-favorable peers? Many of us remember these as dark times that we’ve overcome in the years that followed, but bullying is still a current issue. In fact, studies suggest that exposure to bullying can have severe long-term effects on the youths of the millennium. Are we undertreated these harmful activities?

Nearly 1 in 4 children still deal with bullying on a constant basis. As we all know, bullying can come in many disguises like teasing, intimidation, or rumors and can affect us at work, at home, or even on the playground. CNN is taking it upon themselves to research this consistent issue that has plagued us for generations. According to the news organization, long-term mental health effects of bullying can be severe and commonly include depression, anxiety, or thoughts of suicide. CNN goes on, expressing that bullying from our peers can be more harmful than bullying at home since people generally spend more time around their peers. So what can you do?

FreedomPop seems to think that regardless of your age, if you witness bullying report it immediately to a teacher or supervisor. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be bullying it’s better to be safe than sorry, right? If you’re a victim of bullying don’t let the bully see your reaction to their advances. While this doesn’t always work, you can still walk away with dignity. Embrace your inner strength. Don’t let a bully’s words sink in. You are a strong individual, otherwise you wouldn’t have gotten this far in life. By remembering who you are and your strength, those hurtful words will reflect right off of you.

Whether you’ve seen bullying happen or are an unfortunate victim, seek help. You and your peers can make a difference.