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The Effects of Bullying

The effects of bullying can be overwhelming and last a lifetime. Studies have found bullying has major effects for not only those who are bullied, those who bully, but also those who witness the bullying.

Kids who are bullied have a higher risk of depression and anxiety, including but not limited to the following symptoms that may persist into adulthood:

  • Increased feelings of sadness and loneliness.
  • Changes in sleep and eating patterns, and are more likely to have health complaints.
  • Loss of interest in activities.
  • Have increased thoughts about suicide that may persist into adulthood.

(Suicide is the third leading cause of death in our youth).

  • Are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school, and have decreased academic achievement (GPA and standardized test scores) and school participation.

(Nearly 160,000 children miss school each day for fear of being bullied and 4 out of 10 will drop out of school, either because of bullying or abuse at home).

  • Are more likely to retaliate through extremely violent measures.

(Studies indicate that between 150,000 and 300,000 students take a gun to school).

Kids who bully others have the following symptoms, which include but not limited to:

  • Have a higher risk of abusing alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults.
  • Are more likely to get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of school.
  • Are more likely to engage in early sexual activity.
  • Are more likely to have criminal convictions by the age of 24.
  • Are more likely to be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses or children as adults.

Bystanders have all of the effects above, tend to repeat the bullying, and yet can be hugely instrumental in preventing bullying.

What do our members say

“I am honored to serve as a National Spokesperson for the a4KClub. Bullying and child abuse are such major problems.  They can happen to any of us.  All of us are responsible for speaking up when we see it.  Together we can stop the abuse and the bullying.  As a spokesperson I am hoping that by seeing my leadership other kids will realize that they...

Jolie Montlick

Whether you join on your own, through a local chapter or plan to start a new A4K chapter in your school or community, we are here to help you find your Voice.

A4K Club

“I am honored to serve as a National Spokesperson for the Ambassador for Kids Program, in addition to being on the Board of Directors. I have witnessed and felt the effects of peer abuse and bullying. These are such serious problems. My role enables me to have a voice, and my goal is to help others realize that they can stop the bullying and abus...

Nikki Montlick