Bullying is a significant issue that is prevalent in our schools, and both parents and youth have a role to play in reversing this problem.
Prevalence of Bullying in Schools
- American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims.
- 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
- 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
- 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school. 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying
- In a recent school bullying statistics study, 77% of the students said they had been bullied. And 14% of those who were bullied said they experienced severe (bad) reactions to the abuse.
- A school bullying statistic reveals that 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
- 1 out of 5 kids on a school bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics study admit to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.”
- 60% of middle school students say that they have been bullied, while 16% of staff believe that students are bullied.
- Student bullying is one of the most frequently reported discipline problems at school: 21% of elementary schools, 43% of middle schools, and 22% of high schools reported problems with bullying in 2005-06. This data was provided by the principal or the person most knowledgable of crime in the school.
- Kids who are obese, gay, or have disabilities are up to 63% more likely to be bullied than other children.
- 60% of students report bullying on the basis of looks/body size, 57 percent on the basis of gender expression, 53% on ability,
- 52% on real or perceived sexual orientation, 40% on race/ethnicity, and 33% on religion or family income.
Third-Party Witnesses, Including Teachers
- 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
- Peers were present in 88% of bullying episodes.
- 1 out of 5 kids admits to being a bully or doing some bullying.
- Over 40% of school staff indicated that bullying is a prominent problem in their school.
- 35% indicated that at least one student reported bullying to them in the past month.
- 41% of school staff witnessed at least one bullying incident per week.
- 1/3 of students surveyed said they heard another student threaten to kill someone.
- 42% of kids 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.
Playground Bullying Statistics
- Every 7 minutes a child is bullied.
- Adult intervention - 4%.
- Peer intervention - 11%.
- No intervention - 85%.
Lack of Current School Structures to Address Bullying
- Although willing to intervene in bullying situations, over 50% of school staff surveyed indicated that there were few formal bullying prevention activities in their schools.
- 60% report that their schools do not have a formal anti-bullying program in place.
- 25% of public schools reported that bullying occurred among students on a daily or weekly basis. A higher percentage of middle schools reported daily or weekly occurrences of bullying compared to primary and high schools.
- Only 8% of schools have any education for children about Internet safety or bullying, even though experts agree that education in this area is the key to safety.
- Reductions of 50% or more in student reports of being bullied and bullying others. Peer and teacher ratings of bullying problems have yielded roughly similar results.
THE EFFECTS OF BULLYING
- It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
- 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
- According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.
Violence and Crime: Bullying in Action
- 1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.
- 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
- Those in the lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools.
- Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers.
- 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.”
- 86% of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.
- 61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.
- Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents.
- 30% of students who reported they had been bullied said they had at times brought weapons to school.
- A bully is 6 times more likely to be incarcerated by the age of 24.
- A bully is 5 times more likely to have a serious criminal record when s/he grows up.
- Bullying was a factor in 2/3 of the 37 school shootings reviewed by the US Secret Service.
- 46% of males and about 26 percent of females have admitted to being victims in physical fights as reported in one report of bullying suicide statistics by the Bureau of Justice School.
- Children who are being bullied are 14 times more likely to suffer behavior and emotional problems.
Effectiveness of Bullying Prevention Programs
- Studies show reductions of 50% or more in student reports of being bullied and bullying others.
- Peer and teacher ratings of bullying problems have yielded roughly similar results.
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