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What are the long-term effects of bullying?

On Behalf of | Dec 26, 2023 | Bullying and Abuse |

No California parent wants to think that their child could be bullied. But sadly, bullying happens frequently, both in person and online. While some kids can recover quickly and move on once the bullying stops, others have a more difficult time which can last into adulthood. That’s why parents need to know the signs of bullying and schools must do everything possible to prevent bullying or to end it quickly when it does happen.  

Long-term effects 

Adults who have never been bullied may have a hard time realizing just how impactful it can be on a child. A bullied child may question their self-worth, leading them to lack confidence well into adulthood. They often struggle to make and keep friends, even once they’ve moved on to college or into the workforce. Bullying can greatly impact one’s ability to trust others, which may prevent them from finding companionship or forming relationships as older teens and adults.  

On-going bullying can lead to depression and anxiety. Parents who suspect their child is being bullied may wish to seek help from a therapist or counselor. Kids who have been the subject of bullying may be more comfortable talking to a neutral third party, which can help them work through all those difficult feelings.  

When to take legal action 

Many California schools have adopted a zero-tolerance policy for bullying, but parents often still feel like the school isn’t doing enough to stop it. Parents who believe that their child is being bullied have a right to do everything possible to protect that child. By speaking with an experienced attorney, parents can better understand their legal options in stopping bullying and helping their child recover.