Bullying has become widespread among youth and, with the increased use of technology, the ways in which bullying can occur have grown. Nearly 30% of students between grades 6 and 10 have been involved in bullying, either as the bully or as the victim of bullying and almost 75% of people have been the victim of cyberbullying in their lifetime.
Bullying can have many significant, negative outcomes for both the bully and the victim of bullying, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Decreased academic achievement
- Increased criminal convictions as adults
- Alcohol and drug abuse
This study committee will examine the effectiveness of the stateâ€™s current bullying laws and effective methods other states have used to address bullying. Policy makers should address the stateâ€™s role in effectively reducing the prevalence of bullying among youth and the impact it has on Georgiaâ€™s children and families.