The Effect of Bullying
Every day thousands of students wake up afraid to go to school. Bullying is a problem that affects millions of students, and it has everyone worried, not just the kids on its receiving end. Yet because parents, teachers, and other adults don't always see it, they may not understand how extreme bullying can get. Being a bully means acting in a way that bothers people around you. Bullies either have a hostile intent, embracing power over someone else, or hurting others by any mean they could find. Kids who are bullied might experience stress, depression, feeling sad and lonely, might affect their sleeping and eating patterns, health problems, and might lead to a drop down in their grades, in addition to skipping or missing school.
This is a problem not limited to certain cultures or types of schools, its worldwide but why is it a problem for our children in Kuwait? Given that many schools are international ones, students come from different backgrounds, races, ethnicities and nationalities. They also speak many different languages, and many international kids appear different from those of the mainstream culture kids and thus stand out by the way they look, their accents, and overall behavior. Buller is often a child who learns at home that physical punishment is acceptable, may be more likely to bully. In many cases as well, the bully lacks self-confidence and uses bullying to feel better about himself. Poor social skills and poor social judgment. Sometimes they have no feelings of empathy or caring toward other people.
Dr. Juliet Dinkha is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and an Associate Professor at the American University of Kuwait. If you have any questions or comments for Dr. Dinkha, feel free to contact her via Instagram or email.