In a recent article by CNN, the dangerous effects of bullying on young minds is examined. The prevalence of bullying in teen girls hasn’t changed much, but part of it has transferred to online instead of taking place in the schoolyard. Bullying has the power to turn a young girl’s world upside down. It has the ability to affect academic performance and seriously damage health–mentally and physically. In a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; it was stated that bullying needs to be perceived as a “serious public health problem” because of the immense damage it can inflict on young people.
The effects of bullying in teen girls
Bullying takes its toll on a child mentally and physically. Not only can it cause depression, anxiety, and lead to substance abuse, it can physically manifest itself by causing headaches, sleep deprivation, and gastrointestinal issues. Researchers in the report noted that bullying can affect the part of the brain associated with the stress response system; it messes with regulating emotions and cognitive functions.
The bullied are not the only ones who experience harsh effects; the bullies also suffer. Both children who are bullied and bully others have a higher chance of attempting or thinking about suicide. Bullies are more likely to struggle with depression, engage in risky behaviors (ex. drug use), and have a greater chance of lower social and psychological futures.
Bullying is on the rise
The prevalence of bullying was discussed in the article. It was found that around 18 to 31 percent of children experience effects from bullying; while cyberbullying was only around 7 to 15 percent, but was considered rising. Kids who identify as LGBT, have less friends of the same ethnicity, are obese, or disabled are at a higher risk for being bullied.
How to deal with bullying
Schools are actively working to combat bullying, but they can only do so much. Parents have a duty to educate their children about the dangers of bullying in teen girls and boys. Make sure your child knows they have your support if they do experience bullying. Emphasize the importance of not bullying others and alerting an adult if they witness bullying.
Solstice East can help
Solstice East is a residential treatment center that treats young women, ages 14 to 18, experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, other emotional or behavioral issues, and handles issues that have arisen due to bullying in teen girls. We strive to help our girls work towards a successful future.
For more information about how Solstice East handles bullying in teen girls, please call 828-484-9946.