I just read some interesting but unfortunate news. A recent study of 210 college students found that bullying in grade school appears to increase the chances that the victim will suffer from depression or social anxiety later in life. That includes the often overlooked social bullying, which refers to non-physical forms of bullying, such as gossiping, spreading rumors and verbal attacks.
School administrators have a lot of trouble trying to stop social bullying because it happens more secretly and does not leave as blatant of evidence as physical bullying.
Perhaps parents and schools could provide prevention programs such as having sensitivity programs and teaching students about the damage that bullying causes.
Also, I bet providing high-quality psychological care to all students could help. It would help victims deal with bullying and avoid depression and anxiety. It would help bullies overcome their psychological problems that cause them to bully.
Although it’s mostly a light-hearted teen comedy, I think the movie Mean Girls does a good job exploring the social bullying so common among schoolgirls.
What do you think?