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.

The numbers

Who gets involved in bullying?

What qualifies as bullying?

The bullies and the victims

Methods of bullying


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

  1. Text messages
  2. Cellphone photo/video sharing
  3. Phone calls
  4. Email
  5. Chat room
  6. Instant messages
  7. Websites 

Personal consequences of bullying

For victims

For bullies

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: