School Bullying Outbreak
Bullies may think it’s funny, but harassing peers is no laughing matter. Bullying leads to psychological and physical consequences that outlast the school day. Learn more about what school bullying is, who’s likely to be a bully or bullying victim, how bullying is carried out, and what we all can do to reduce or eliminate it from our schools.
- 1 out of 4 kids are bullied every month in the U.S.
- 160,000 kids miss school each day for fear of bullying.
- 1 in 10 drop out of school due to repetitive bullying.
- Nearly 9 in 10 LGBT students have been bullied about their orientation in the past year.
Who gets involved in bullying?
- 81% of bullying acts aren’t reported to adults.
- 71% of students say bullying is a problem at their school.
- 56% of students have seen bullying in their school.
- 42% of students have bullied a peer.
- 31% of students have been bullied by a classmate.
- 43% of middle school students have threatened to harm another student.
- 20% of high school students say they’ve been bullied in school during the past year.
What qualifies as bullying?
- Exerting power, whether to control or harm, over those who have difficulty defending themselves.
- Acting or speaking with the intent to harm.
The bullies and the victims
- 50% of students were involved in aggression, victimization or both:
- 25% were fully aggressors
- 17% of kids involved in bullying were aggressors and victims
- 14% of kids involved in bullying were complete victims
- Bully risk factors include
- Previous victimization
- Harsh parenting
- Victim risk factors include
- Difficulty making friends
- Low self-esteem
Methods of bullying
- 4% of students have been cyber bullied (via text, websites, instant messaging).
- 5% have been intentionally excluded from activities.
- 11% have been physically bullied (pushed, tripped, spit on, etc.).
- 18% have been talked about in rumors.
- 21% have been called names or otherwise insulted.
11% of students have participated in cyberbullying, while 30% of middle schoolers have been cyberbullied at least twice in the past month.
7 venues of cyberbullying
- Text messages
- Cellphone photo/video sharing
- Phone calls
- Chat room
- Instant messages
Personal consequences of bullying
- Decreased academic performance
- Physical injury
- Substance abuse
- Academic problems
- Continuing patterns of violence
Bullying victims are subject to all the risk factors associated with both bullies and victims.
Children who bully by age 8 are 4 times as likely to have a criminal record by age 30.
Prevention: Keep bullying out of schools
35% of students believe schools can help prevent bullying. There are currently anti-bullying programs in place at schools, but most aren’t very well monitored. Here are some steps to begin addressing the problem of school bullying:
- Increasing supervision to limit aggressive interaction between students.
- Enforcing rules and behavior management to assist in the detection and diffusion of bullying.
- Implementing a school-wide anti-bullying policy.
- Rallying parents and staff together to be vigilant.