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Effects of Bullying
Bullying can sometimes lead to violence and bullying can also be an effect of violent behaviors. Being the subject of bullying can have short and long-term effects, as can being a bully. For a greater understanding of the effects of bullying, keep reading.
What are the Effects of Bullying?
The effects of bullying can be immediate, short-term, and long-term, partly depending on how frequently the bullying takes place and how severe it is. Bullying effects not only the victim and his or her family and friends and the bully, but also witnesses to the acts of bullying. Bullying can inspire fear, feelings of inadequacy, and extreme stress in victims and to a certain extent in witnesses, while bullies may gain notoriety or punishments. For some witnesses, bullying may provide a localized reality show, played out before their eyes and on their own turf, and given the prevalence of bullying on television, they may see bullying as entertaining, rather than disturbing. Effects of bullying will differ markedly depending on the response of authorities, which can alleviate some of the fear and pain that bullying can cause, or exacerbate them, especially in cases in which an innocent victim is blamed or a provocative victim's role in the dynamic is not recognized.
Specific Effects of Bullying
Here's a run-down of some of the effects of bullying. Depending on how they act, witnesses may exhibit the same effects as victims.
The devastation that can be wrought by bullying makes it important that authorities in places in which bullying takes place - whether in the family home, at school, at work, or elsewhere - take a stand and prevent bullying.
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