5 Documentaries About Bullying

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31 Oct 5 Documentaries About Bullying

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Some people underestimate the seriousness of bullying and the long-term effects it can have on a teenager. In fact, one of the consequences can be adult depression. Watching a few documentaries on teen bullying is a great way to shed some light on the matter and help you understand just how much of a negative impact it can have on both the victim and the bully. We’ve rounded up our top recommendations (some of which you can watch for free online) below.

5 Documentaries About Bullying

By Julie Klukas

  • Bully

    By Julie Klukas

    _Bully_ is an award-winning documentary that shows how we've all been affected by bullying, whether we've been victims, perpetrators or silent witnesses. The film follows five American students who face bullying at school on a daily basis, as well as their families, and shows how students are defenseless against this problem. _Bully_ also focuses on the deaths of two students who committed suicide as a result of being bullied. The film reminds viewers that bullying is a serious offense that can drive people to drastic measures.

  • Can't Bully Me

    By Julie Klukas

    If you have a child who's entering their teen years, _Can't Bully Me_ is a must-watch. This UK documentary follows four individuals between the ages of 12 and 14 as they try to overcome the traumatic effects of past bullying. _Can't Bully Me_ is an important demonstration of how constant ridicule can affect teens long after the actual bullying stops. You can watch the [documentary](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfBUwCuwhDs) in its entirety for free on YouTube.

  • Submit the Documentary

    By Julie Klukas

    While teens have dealt with school bullying for decades, cyberbullying is a rather recent phenomenon. _Submit the Documentary_ focuses on the impacts and outcomes of cyberbullying, such as depression, anxiety and even suicide. By addressing all forms of cyberbullying, including sexting, _Submit the Documentary_ shows viewers that the responsibility lies with all of us to keep kids and teens safe when they're online.

  • Stalking Amanda Todd : The Man in the Shadows

    By Julie Klukas

    Amanda Todd's story went viral several years ago after she committed suicide due to cyberbullying and online pressure from strangers to commit sexual acts. _[Stalking Amanda Todd: The Man in the Shadows](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRidpO7kUO0)_, viewable for free online, shows viewers some of the dangers that underage girls face while online, including child pornography, blackmail and public shame. _Stalking Amanda Todd_ is a crucial documentary for anyone with teen daughters who spend time online.

  • Bullies and Friends

    By Julie Klukas

    _Bullies and Friends_ highlights the bullying epidemic facing America's youth, schools and communities. This documentary centers on a teen suicide caused by bullying that set a precedent in North America by making the tormentors stand trial for their acts. _Bullies and Friends_ also features interviews with those involved in the case, including the bullies and the judge, and shows how this serious issue has ties to other tragedies, such as school shootings.

Teen bullying is a serious issue that can have profound long-term effects on all those involved. If your child struggles with a bully, learn how you can help your teen.

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