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A look inside suicides by bullying

Updated on December 4, 2014

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How bullying leads to suicide in teenagers

Suicides by bullying are a growing problem across the nation. Stories like the loss of Amanda Todd are becoming more frequent among teens who are the victim of both physical and mental bullying. Amanda Todd posted a you tube video one month before she took her own life due to the effects of bullying. According to studies, suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens, and results in about 4,400 deaths a year. The Amanda Todd story is just one of many in the long tragic history of teenage bullying. Because of the staggering rise in suicides by bullying, lawmakers are looking into strengthening laws on those suspected of bullying others.

For those impacted by bullying it can impact your everyday life. The constant name calling, physical interactions, and torment can be overwhelming can young adults. Young adults who suffer from bullying usually do not perform well in school, and typically miss more days from school. The new form of bullying is cyber bullying or internet bullying which is using text messaging, social sites, and you tube to bully and intimidate others. This new form of bullying leaves the victim without a moment to escape their tormentors. Parents of young adults who are being cyber bullied should treat this threat as serious as any other bullying, as cyber bulling can have many of the same effects.

There are many different signs that a young adult who is a victim of bullying will show, but these can be different depending on each person. The biggest thing that you can do as a parent is to look for sudden changes in your child’s behavior. Has your child who has always been outgoing now more of a shut in. Look for any signs of depression, or sadness. They may be more inclined to stay home rather than going to school or outside. Your child may become more obsessed with death or will say things like “ I wish I was dead”. They may turn to drugs or alcohol to cope with their problems. The most important thing is to understand these warning signs, and look for help as soon as possible. Keep an open line of communication and trust with you child.

The moment that your young adult expresses or show signs of being bullied you will need to take action for the sake of your child to help them through their situation. The first thing is to get your young adults school involved. Some schools have a zero tolerance policy towards bullying, and at very least put the situation on high alert. Try to set up a meeting with the other child’s parents and the school to express your concerns with the situation. Teach your young adult to be more assertive without having to use violence. Have your child walk in groups with their friends to school and other places. If the problem becomes worst you may be able to enlist to help of local law enforcement as a last resort.


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      dontaytte 5 years ago from Palos Hills

      I agree with your points. It starts at home and the parents have to be able to identify these problems and identify these problems before they become worst. I have three boys of my own and I stress to them to let me know if they ever have a problem with a bully at school. There are so many dangers in the world and we have to equip our children with the strength to stand up for themselves.

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      William E Krill Jr 5 years ago from Hollidaysburg, PA

      Though I have all sympathy for this young lady and others like her, the real failure is in the adults that fail to educate kids on defending themselves adequately against such thugs. Alongside this is adults who are not doing their job as parents and mentors and having healthy and close enough relationships with kids to know what's going on in their lives and get them the help that they need. Any qualified, adequate counselor could have positively impacted this young lady and given her the skills she needed to fight back effectively. Lastly, there are individuals that become victims and do not become ready to be survivors even when help is offered and given before such dire straits situations develop, and choose this sad way out.