Bullying has become a growing public health burden globally with consequences linked to psychiatric morbidity in adulthood. In Nigeria, bullying is assuming a health threat with a prevalence as high as 78%.
Globally, the prevalence of bullying ranges between 30 and 40% among young people (children and adolescents) and associated with been in school, amongst both genders, influenced by below-average socio-economic class and younger age.
While many include physical and verbal bullying, resulting in physical injury, it also results in several spectra of cognitive and mental health challenges which include increasing depression, anxiety and suicidality.
All these put children at modes of withdrawal, affecting relationship their personality, with family, academics and other delayed life skills.
These effects are resulting factors many adults later exhibit that hinder or can cause longstanding personal and economic consequences for them as an individual and their family.
The current increasing form of bullying is cyber-Internet bullying prevalent both among children and adults.
The effects of bullying can be generational and one shouldn’t be a cause or factor to another person’s life long challenge intentionally.
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