Statistically, one out of four children experience bullying over the course of the school year. Bullying can have a profound impact on a child's wellbeing and self-esteem, and in extreme cases, can lead to self-harm or suicide.
For those who've never been targeted, it can be hard to understand how far-reaching its effects are. A recent BuzzFeed video attempts to give viewers a sense of what it feels like, with various people recalling how they were bullied growing up — but how they didn't let it dictate who they were.
"I was so embarrassed when it happened," recalled one woman who was picked on for her race. "Bullies made me feel so bad about my ethnicity... I really did internalize that."
But they've since moved past those negative experiences. "That word does not define me," one man said. "It never did define me; I'm so much more as a person... If you be yourself and you grow up to be who you want to be, you're going to be a great person no matter what.
Watch the video here: