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Bullying Hurts the Bully Too

Sara Bellum

“Be More Than a Bystander”: Enter a video contest telling how you stand up to bullying

During October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, SBB wonders: Do you have sympathy for kids who bully other kids?

People often talk about how much bullying affects kids and teens who are the victims of mean-spirited attacks. Adults who were bullied as kids can vividly remember names they were called and times they felt humiliated. Kids who are bullied can experience many problems like stomachaches or headaches, depression and anxiety, and sleeping troubles.

But did you know that bullying also can hurt the person doing the bullying? Many studies show that kids who bully are more likely to use drugs, smoke cigarettes, and drink alcohol; have mental health problems; and get into trouble with violence later in life.

What’s not known is which comes first. As one researcher puts it, “Youth who bully others might be more likely to also try substance use. The reverse could also be true in that youth who use substances might be more likely to bully others.”

Whatever way you look at it, kids who bully need help too. And everyone can do their part to help end bullying.

Be More Than a Bystander examples of bullying text box

Even if you’re not the bully or the bullied, you can make a difference in your school and community by standing up and not letting bullying happen when you’re around.

Enter the “Be More Than a Bystander” Challenge by submitting a video that explains what kids and teens can do to stop bullying. Entries are due on October 14, 2012, so don’t delay!

For More Information

If you or someone you know is being bullied, or if one of your friends bullies others, you can get help. Visit for tips.

Share your experiences with bullying by leaving a comment!


i used to be a bully myself and it does hurt because you feel guilty after the incident. People say that she has no emotion but we do it's just hard and when we bully we do it to be cool. I am no longer a bully though :)

hey guys bully's do have feelings too. the reason why they bully might be because they have problems at home. I used to be a bully to younger children and boy do i regret it the reason i bulled was because i had issues with myself i was really self conscious and i took it out on others. I am no longer a bully though! ya :)

This is a great cause! You can be of help in any way. Bullying is really an epidemic that should be stopped because this really affect one person's behavior. If you could find ways to help the victims of bullying do it now. I just want to share this app that could help you if somebody wants to bully you. By just pressing the help button, you can get help from family and friends. This app also loaded with a lot of features especially the immediate routing to 911. [commercial link removed, per guidelines]

I hate seeing kids get bullyed i see it all the time. when I see bullying i get angry myself why should someone get picked on because their not as superior as another being. Bullys say it's because they had problems well they should've found out another way to settle them. Others shouldn't suffer because of ones problems. I am a Boxer in High school and I Bully Bullys.

I am 8 and I am bullied. I am so glad you made this site. It is imspireing. Thanks I,ll say no

I know
Back when I was like 9-14 years old, I used to be a bully. Taking people's money and belongings, beating them down for no apparent reason, verbally abusing them, all of it. Hell, at one point I had the entire faculty afraid of me. It didn't hurt me, it didn't really bother me at all. I came to terms with the fact that I'm a sadistic person that loves to strike fear into people. I only apologized to one person and that's about it.
bullying wrong
bullying is hurtful thing they need to stop and they need to stop bullying it's not cool bye god don't like bullying
when I was 11 I use to get bullied by lots of people.I was a punk.

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