How does bullying affect children’s self-esteem?

1 Nov

The more in power we feel, the better we feel about ourselves. Bullying compromises, even denies, a person’s individual power. Kids especially feel powerless against a bully and, as a result, their self-esteem plummets. This imbalance of power may be teasing (verbal), taunting (emotional) or terrorizing (physical). It may take place on the playground or the internet or anywhere in between. In all cases, bullying erodes the building blocks of self-esteem–confidence, courage and trust.

Kids have few if any tools to counteract a bully. They feel defenseless and overpowered.

We adults must have zero tolerance for bullying and teach our kids tools for their safety.

What are some tools for protection?

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