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Bullying, once thought a rite of passage, is now seen as a devastating form of abuse that can have long-term effects on youthful victims. It can rob them of self-esteem, isolate them from their peers, cause them to drop out of school, and even prompt health problems and suicide. To better understand bullying and for some tips to help bully-proof your child, the Indiana Department of Child Services encourages parents, educators and community members to check out the resources below.