N E G A T I V E I M P A C T S O F B U L L Y I N G
NEGATIVE IMPACT OF BULLYING ON: THE BULLIED
Difficulty trusting people/interpersonal difficulties
Dropping out of school
Escapism tactics – alcohol/drugs/smoking/withdrawal from society
Greater incidence of illness
Increased tendency to be a loner
Lack of productivity
Truancy/Missed days at school
NEGATIVE IMPACT OF BULLYING ON: THE BULLIES
More likely to bring weapons to school (e.g. Berthold & Hoover 2000;)
NEGATIVE IMPACT OF BULLYING ON: THE BYSTANDERS
NEGATIVE IMPACT OF BULLYING ON: SCHOOLS
The costs of bullying on schools are countless hours consumed in tackling a problem that is resistant to change, truancies, reduced student retention, low teacher morale, negative perceptions of the school by the wider community and parent hostility.
The school campus becomes a place where diverse youth are marginalized and where no-one feels safe.
As students become alienated from school, academic performance declines. Schools are increasingly sued for failing
to provide a safe learning environment and are being held liable for the harassment, violence and suicides caused by bullying.
NEGATIVE IMPACT OF BULLYING ON: SOCIETY
The cost is our future. According to the Southern Law Poverty Center Annual Report (2010), hate groups are at their highest level ever. In an increasingly diverse society, we are becoming increasingly intolerant of diversity.
We are creating a generation where self-interest and aggression are triumphing over kindness and co-operation.
Volunteer opportunities are available. Please email PreventBullyingNow@heyugly.org for details.