Some of the common effects of bullying on the child or youth who is bullied include:

  • Depression (including sadness, loss of interest in activities)
  • Anxiety (tenseness, fear and worries)
  • Loss of self-esteem
  • Increased levels of aggressive behaviour
  • Health problems like headaches, stomach aches
  • Loneliness and social anxiety
  • Missing school
  • Social withdrawal and isolation
  • Suicidal thoughts, or suicide (in the most extreme cases)

Some adults who were bullied in their youth report extended psychological harm into adulthood, like continued distress, self-blame, fear, and internalized problems like depression.

There are also effects on the children or youth who bully that need to be considered. They not only have problems with peer relationships, they are at risk for many behaviour and relationship problems as they get older, including:

  • Aggression
  • Sexual harassment
  • Dating aggression
  • Delinquency
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Gang involvement

Did you know? A child or youth can be both a bully and a victim, and may move between the two. These children and youth experience the most serious emotional, behavioural and relationship problems, and require the most intensive support.

If you are having thoughts of suicide or of hurting yourself or others, please reach out immediately for help. Call 9-1-1 (or your local police or authority, if you do not have 9-1-1) or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are being bullied, feeling alone or just need to talk to someone who will listen, please reach out to a trained volunteer or professional:

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Thank you for stopping by to check out the ERASE Bullying online reporting tool. This tool is accessible through computers and smart phones, and will allow students, parents or other witnesses to report bullying or other threatening behaviour, anytime and anywhere.

The online reporting tool has just been developed and is in the final stages of testing.

If you need help, please reach out to someone you trust, like a parent, friend or teacher. Or, you can reach out to someone who doesn’t know you for support. There is a list of youth-oriented support lines and websites on this site just for you.