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Bullying: The Frightening Facts and Realities

Bullying is an epidemic.  As adults, it is our responsibility to ensure that our children have nurturing environments to learn and grow.  Take a stand.

  • Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
  • 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
  • Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
  • 1 in 10 children believe that carrying a firearm to school will make them safer.
  • 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
  • 56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
  • Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
  • 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
  • 90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
  • 1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
  • 1 in 5 twelve to fourteen year old girls have texted nude or sexually suggestive photos to others.
  • Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.
  • Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school.  Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
  • 1 in 3 3rd graders feel emotionally bullied by peers without any intervention by teachers.

Kids Who are Bullied 

Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:

  • Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of worthlessness, shame, sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy.
  • Health complaints
  • Decreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.

 Kids Who Bully Others 

Kids who bully others usually engage in violent and other risky behaviors into adulthood. Kids who bully 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
  • Be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses, or children as adults

Bystanders 

Kids who witness bullying are more likely to:

  • Have increased use of alcohol and illegal drugs
  • Have increased mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
  • Frequently miss or skip school

 

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