How Can We End Bullying?

Bullying can occur in many different ways. Though the very definition of bullying (link is external) has a way of changing depending on who is being bullied and how the bullying is taking place, it's typically defined as an abuse of power to harass, abuse, or intimidate others.   This kind of harassment can be verbal, physical, relational, emotional, and can even occur online in the form of cyberbullying.   However it happens though, the emotional consequences for the ones involved, whether they be children, adults, or somewhere in between, cannot be underestimated.  

The people who are targeted for bullying can experience chronic depression, anxiety, social isolation, and even suicidal behaviour if they feel the abuse will never stop.  Bullying can also become part of the dominant culture in a school or other institution which makes it extremely difficult to protect victims. And the psychological impact doesn't just affect the victims of bullying.  People who witness bullying, and even the bullies themselves can experience short-term and long-range behavioural, emotional, and academic problems.

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