Some people underestimate the seriousness of bullying and the long-term effects it can have on teens. In fact, one of the consequences of bullying can be adult depression. Watching a few movies about 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. Understanding the impact of bullying in teens helps to increase awareness of how you and your teen can both keep safe and healthy. If you, your teen, or someone you know is the victim of bullying, help them get the help they need.
We’ve rounded up our top recommendations of movies about bullying (some of which you can watch for free online) below.
Movies About Bullying That Educate
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. This movie about bullying 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.
2. Can’t Bully Me
If you have a child who is entering their teen years, Can’t Bully Me is a must-watch. This UK anti bullying movie follows four individuals between the ages of 12 and 14 as they try to overcome the traumatic effects of past bullying they’ve suffered. 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 in its entirety for free on YouTube.
3. Submit the Documentary
While teens have dealt with school bullying for decades, cyberbullying is a rather recent phenomenon. Often, cyberbullying is “more dangerous than traditional bullying because parents, teachers, and other trusted adults do not always have the technological knowledge to keep up with teens’ activity online”. Submit the Documentary is a movie about bullying that 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.
4. Stalking Amanda Todd: The Man in the Shadows
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 a movie about bullying in high school, 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, or has an internet addiction.
5. Bullies and Friends
Bullies and Friends, a movie about bullying in high school, 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.