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15 Reasons Why Bullying is Harmful

Jaclyn Hughes

Bullying is aggressive behavior carried out from one person towards another, usually multiple times and often over an extended period of time. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or it can be inflicted through relationships and social exclusion. Sometimes it is all three. It is more common for boys to rely on physical means. Boys who are larger, stronger, or more physically mature are often quick to exploit their physical advantages. Girls on the other hand prefer more subtle means using verbal, emotional, or relationship based social bullying to exert control and domination over their female peers.

Regardless of the tactics and means employed, bullying can be devastating to the physical, mental and emotional well being and psychosocial development of young people. 

Here are 15 ways that bullying can harm the health, happiness, development and achievements of victims of bullies:

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