It’s kind of disturbing to learn that girls are likely more prone to bullying than boys. In fact, a research from the University of Warwick and Hertfordshire revealed that girls are favorite victims of bullies in school and the possibilities are two folds compared to the chances boys get.
According to the study, girls can be bullied as early as six years old and the practice may continue until the age of ten. As parents, the pain is unimaginable knowing our child has been bullied for four years and not until she reaches adult age, we cannot identify if there are lifetime effects to it.
School and neighborhood bullying can be very traumatic to the child, physically and emotionally. The nature of it changes from time to time and the pattern of abuse may actually reveal the kind of personality the child may develop years after the bullying.
Direct and physical bullying involves the use of force and threats to inflict injury to the victim while relational bullying is done in order to socially alienate the victim from other people and friends through methods like spreading false accusations, vandalism, gossip, and negative campaign against the victim.
Additionally, bullying has lead to more girls dropping out of school just to avoid it, only to find out that there’s another set of bullies in the next school. This trend then becomes very alarming for the state of primary education in the country since young boys and girls hesitate to go to school because of the fear of being bullied.
Lastly, the physical and emotional torment brought about by the effects of bullying will likely lead to endless trauma and fear for the victim. Some young victims may resort to suicide while others are able to live through it but may actually show tangible effects of the past bullying experience.