Bullying may be physical or verbal and it frequently takes the form of cyberbullying.
This is of concern to many parents and teachers. Children who are bullied may experience a disruption in social skill development and lowered self-esteem. Cyberbullying in older children and teens can lead to substance use and the desire to avoid situations where a child may feel embarrassed or targeted. Of great concern is the link of cyberbullying to teen suicide. It is important for children impacted by bullying to see a professional who can monitor their mood and the impact of bullying, especially due to the increased risk for suicidal thoughts, attempts, and completed suicide. A compassionate therapist can provide a safe and supportive environment in which a child can learn coping skills, assertion and boundary setting to feel secure and confident.