By: Mission Healthy Living
October 07, 2019
Whether it’s in school, at the park, or online, bullying affects kids from all backgrounds. Over 25% of kids in the U.S. have experienced bullying in person, and 43% have been bullied online.
Like any pattern of repeated abuse, bullying can cause long term damage. Research into Adverse Childhood Experiences shows that long-term activation of the physiological stress systems, known as toxic stress, can interfere with brain development and lead to social, emotional, and cognitive impairment.
It’s a problem across the nation, and Pottstown is no exception. This spring, a long-running bullying incident culminated in shots fired at a local teen’s home. The incident was a wakeup call for parents across the area to talk to their kids about bullying and start a conversation with school leaders.
It’s well known that kids who are bullied face greater physical and emotional health risks, but the kids doing the bullying also face significant negative outcomes. Youth at the highest risk for depression, anxiety, and suicidal behavior are those who both bullied others and were bullied. Kids who frequently bullied others are at long-term high risk for suicidal behavior.
October 7 has been designated World Day of Bullying Prevention, and there are ways that parents and teachers in the Pottstown area can get involved to help change the culture of bullying.
Learn more by reading our ebook on resiliency, and take a look at the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Pottstown Area in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment.