Amy Roter, Anti-Bullying Specialist, MA in Teaching English, Parent of 2, Soon-to-be Counselor
Bullying can cause emotional or educational problems later and life, and not just for the person being bullied, but others as well. In regards to the person being bullied, the bullying may impact a victim's confidence and self esteem. This is why counseling is often offered to victims of bullying, and why most states have strict bullying procedures in place. In addition, since bullying often occurs with peers who go to school with the victim, the stress placed in the school environment can absolutely impact a child's ability to feel safe enough in school to get the education he needs. Victims of bullying will, in some cases actually refuse to go to school at all. As a result, a child might be missing out on the educational foundation needed to succeed. In addition to the victim, there are negative outcomes for the person who is acting as a bully, and those who witness bullying as well. See http://www.stopbullying.gov/at-risk/effects/ for more information about the effects of bullying.