The younger generation calls it bullying. But their parents might say it’s survival of the fittest. To put it another way, the older generation might say being picked on strengthened their tolerance level. Behavioral experts say there’s no such thing as “good” bullying and the constant teasing can only be categorized as bad.
Vonnie Ackerman the Western Prevention Resource Center Coordinator at Youth and Family Services in Rapid City says bullying has changed over the decades. That’s because of all the different types of bullying that exist, such as verbal, physical and now cyber.
Ackerman says bullying is very dangerous because it has long lasting effects on the individuals, causing many adults to carry over their traumatic experience to all aspects of their lives.
“At the time they might say I’m over it but I think down the road we’re seeing all sorts of things as a result of having been bullied when they were younger, such as suicide,” said Ackerman.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, 1 in 4 teens in the United States is bullied, while an estimated 160,000 students refuse to go to school each day because they dread the physical and verbal aggression of their peers.
If you are being bullied, know or suspect someone who is being bullied, and you would like additional information, click on the link below.
If you know of a child/teenager that is feeling suicidal because of bullying: Contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).