Mrs. Rawl Campbell-Dunn
Bullying Effects Social Development
Bullying among elementary school children and teenagers is a problem schools are having everywhere in the United States. Kids with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) or learning disabilities (LD) are vulnerable to having problems with bullies.
Reducing bullying behaviors has become a very large concern with in parents, schools, and communities because; when someone is constantly bullied, it can have long-term effects on the victims like low self-esteem or depression. It has also been known that the victim of bullying turned to violence when they retaliated. Bullied victims have even tried or did comment suicide when trying to escape their tormentors. Bullying tends to have a negative school social climate that is not conducive to having good social relationships or learning. Even though the bully might not victimize you directly, it will affect the ones who witness the act. Bystanders that are witnessing the bullying do not intervene, because they do not know what to do and may fear retaliation from the bully. Victims of bullies especially boys are often physically weak, over sensitive, and will have poor social skills and low self-esteem. Kids with AD/HD are provocative victims because they annoy and over-react to bullies.
For most children, their bullying experiences will be no more than a unpleasant childhood memory. For those who where severely bullied, the pain runs deep. Severely bullied victims are filled with fear, humiliation, and pain inflicted by bullies and they have a hard time concentrating and participating in class. Bullied kids are often absent from school and they are lonely and may become depressed.
Bullying is a learned behavior and it can be prevented or stopped with adult intervention. Both bullies and victims need positive adult intervention to make bullying stop. It is very...