In today’s world, the pressures of being a teenager can be overwhelming. Not only are teens pressured to do well academically and excel in extracurricular activities, they also face pressure to be part of the crowd. On top of that, add in the struggles of peer harassment or even being the subject of online harassment. Life can quickly become miserable. A school day can feel like an eternity and, at home, the effects of that day are far from over.
Teenage peer-to-peer harassment occurs frequently, but conversations about it at home and in school are rare. It can lead to feelings of low self-esteem, anxiety, school refusal and depression.
You and your teen should know how to identify harassment. Here are some important things to know:
Harassing behaviors often start in childhood. These behaviors among young children are often characterized as “boys will be boys” or as children just being playful. Harassment does not start in a day. It is a behavior that develops over time. Correcting the behavior early on will lead to more appropriate behaviors during your child’s teenage years.