How Teen Bullying Shapes and Affects the Entire School
Teen bullying still runs rampant in the hallways of US education. Research shows at least 20 percent of students are physically bullied, over 50 percent are verbally bullied, and 33 percent are cyber-bullied. The chances that your child has experienced bullying are extremely high.
This behavior doesn’t just damage individual students, though–studies show it can actually affect the entire school environment.
How teen bullying can make school about fear instead of education
A recent study published in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma delved into how teen bullying can affect an entire school, not just the individual. The results have shown that all forms of bullying were connected with negative views of “school safety, connection, and equity for everyone.”
Currently, the prevention and treatment efforts towards bullying are just towards the victims–but the researchers wondered if they could switch the narrative. If they make the issue about the entire school community, would it make a difference?
The author of the study, Bernice Garnett, S.c.D., says we have to change parents’ current minds from “that’s not my kid” to “this can really affect my child.” She explained further:
“But if we change the conversation to bullying can actually damage the entire school climate, then that motivates and galvanizes the overall will of the school community to do something about it.”
If it’s not your child, it’s probably one of their friends
Statistically, it’s nearly impossible that your child hasn’t at least witnessed someone getting bullied. There’s a 50 percent chance they themselves have been verbally bullied. Parents can’t maintain this “it won’t happen to my child” view on teen bullying.
Like the researchers from the study pointed out, we have to make it about the entire institution to create change. Teen bullying doesn’t stay in the teenage years, it can absolutely follow your child into adulthood–which is what makes it so dangerous.
Kids who have been bullied have a higher chance of depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, and much more. While it shows many of these symptoms lessen with time, some can persist for years. Prevention and early intervention are essential.
If you believe your teen is struggling with a mental health issue, it’s critical to reach out to a professional for further guidance. Whether your child is the bully or the victim, they need the proper help to work through it.
Elevations is here for your family
As one of the leading residential treatment schools for struggling teens, we use a combination of a focused therapeutic lens, real-world environment, secure setting, and caring staff to foster growth and success in our students. Finding the right program can be difficult for a family, which is why Elevations is here to help guide you through it.
For more information about how we deal with teen bullying at Elevations RTC, please call (855) 290-9681.