In the previous article we discussed known risk factors that characterize both individuals who become victims and aggressors who become bullies. In addition to these risk factors researchers have been successful at garnering a number of vital statistics that demonstrate the prevalence of bullying, who is being bullied and how those individuals are effected, as well as common methods used, including the use of emerging technologies. The statistics presented here are not meant to overwhelm but to inform and provide the opportunity to create a dialogue with family and friends based on real data. The more we can educate ourselves about bullying the better prepared we will be to spot it when it occurs and to take the right steps to ensure that it is stopped.
- Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
- Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
- 17% of American students report being bullied 2 to 3 times a month or more within a school semester.
- 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4% of the time.
- By age 14 less than 30% of boys and 40% of girls will talk to their peers about bullying.
- Over 67% of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
- 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
- 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
- 1 in 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
- As boys age they are less and less likely to feel sympathy for victims of bullying. In fact they are more likely to add to the problem than solve it.
- Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
Source: 11 Facts about Bullying
Cyber Bullying Statistics
- Depending on the age group, up to 43% of students have been bullied while online. 1 in 4 have had it happen more than once.
- 35% of kids have been threatened online. Nearly 1 in 5 have had it happen more than once.
- 21% of kids have received mean or threatening e-mail or other messages.
- 58% of kids admit someone has said mean or hurtful things to them online. More than 4 out of 10 say it has happened more than once.
- 53% of kids admit having said something mean or hurtful to another person online. More than 1 in 3 have done it more than once.
- 58% have not told their parents or an adult about something mean or hurtful that happened to them online.
Source: The Issue of Bullying: Cyber Bullying Statistics http://www.stompoutbullying.org/index.php/information-and-resources/about-bullying-and-cyberbullying/issue-bullying/
Many Forms of Bullying
Of those bullied:
- 19% are made fun of, called names, or insulted
- 16% are subject of rumors
- 9% are pushed, shoved, tripped, or are spit on
- 6% are threatened with harm
- 5% are excluded from activities
- 4% are forced to do things they didn’t want to do
- 3% Had property destroyed
Who Is Being Bullied?
- 25% of males and 20% of females said they had been either bullied, bullied others, or both 2-3 times a month or more.
- Males & females experience similar rates of verbal bullying, threats, damage to property
- Males are more likely to experience physical bullying.
- Females are more likely to experience bullying through rumor-spreading and exclusion.
- Boys are typically bullied by boys, while girls are bullied by both boys and girls.
What Is the Impact of Bullying?
Kids who are bulled are more likely to have:
- Depressive symptoms
- Headaches, backaches, and stomach pain
- Sleep problems, poor appetite, as well as bed-wetting
- Harmed themselves
- High levels of suicidal thoughts
- Attempted suicide
- Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
- A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.
Kids Who Bully Others
Kids who bully others can also engage in violent and other risky behaviors into adulthood and are more likely to:
- Abuse alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults
- Get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of school
- Engage in early sexual activity
- Have criminal convictions and traffic citations as adults
- Be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses, or children as adults
Kids Keep Silent about Bullying
- As children age, the percentage of those who do not report bullying climbs: 18% of 3rd graders do not report which increases to 47% of 11th
- Those who are silent do so for reasons such as the negative messages they previously received about tattling and snitching, concern about retaliation, and lack of confidence in adults’ actions.
- 90% of 3rd – 5th grade students said they felt sorry for students who are bullied, but sympathy often does not translate into action.
Source: bullying—what you need to know http://www.stopbullying.gov/images/what-you-need-to-know-infographic.jpg
Source: Effects of bullying
If you or someone you know has experienced bullying or if you are currently being bullied, talk with someone you trust and ask for help. There is no shame in asking for help, and you should continue to ask until you get the help you need. By opening up to someone you trust, you avoid the isolation that comes with being unsure, and you create the opportunity to receive guidance from those who can ultimately help.
Stay tuned for… What You Can Do about Bullying