Generally speaking, children who face difficulties will grow up stronger in the long run. They earn a host of other character qualities, forged in the fires of adolescence. I say “generally” because there are some trials which are truly damaging to the soul of a child: molestation being one that comes to mind. But intense, unmitigated bullying can be just as bad, raping the heart of all that is good.
“Single Dad Laughing” is an excellent blog, and there is one must-read article called “Memoirs of a Bullied Kid.” It will take about 15 minutes to read and reflect on it, and if you are a parent, teacher, or coach, then it is well worth your time.