The act of bullying comes with severe consequences.
In most cases, the victim is pained with the trauma of being teased, ridculed or harassed years after the bullying ended. And in extreme cases victims turn to suicide to stop the pain.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. While all states have criminal laws that may apply to bullies, did you know these states do not explicitly address electronic forms of bullying in the verbiage of its laws?
• New Hampshire
• New Mexico
• Washington D.C.
Here are some statistics below that may surprise you on how pervasive bullying is in our culture.
Bullying is not an issue that affects an insignificant amount of people. Approximately 36.5% of students have experienced cyberbullying and 81% of young people think bullying online is easier to get away with than in person.
90% of people who have seen social media bullying say they have ignored it and 9 out of 10 teen victims will not inform a parent or trusted adult of their abuse. Bullying victims are more likely to consider suicide and about 75% of students have visited a website bashing another student.