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Statistics on Bullying in the United States

By Samana Siddiqui


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ullying has become a pervasive problem in the United States. The statistics below offer an overview of the problem, as well as some of the specific types of issues this behavior raises:

How many are bullied?

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, nearly a third of all students aged 12 - 18 reported having been bullied at school in 2007, some almost daily.

Fifty-six percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

In school year 2008–09, some 7,066,000 U.S. students ages 12 through 18, or 28.0 percent of all such students, reported they were bullied at school, and about 1,521,000, or

6.0 percent, reported they were cyber-bullied anywhere (i.e., on or off school property).

Wanting to miss school

Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.

15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.

25% of teachers see nothing wrong with bullying or putdowns and consequently intervene in only 4% of bullying incidents.

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.

Who gets bullied the most?

Direct, physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school.  Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.  The U.S. Department of Justice reports that younger students are more likely to be bullied than older students.

Studies have shown that obese children are 63% more likely to be targets of bullying.

Kids with learning disabilities, speech impediments, ADHD, and medical conditions that affect their appearance (such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and spina bifida) are also at higher risk of being bullied.

One study found that 83% of adults who stuttered when they were kids reported they had been teased or bullied for it.

Who are the bullies?

Young bullies carry a one-in-four chance of having a criminal record by age 30.

In one survey, 23% of bully-victims in middle school and 20% of high school bully-victims reported having been physically hurt by a family member during the past year.  In addition, 19% of middle school bullies and 14% of high school bullies had been subjected to familial violence, compared to 14% of middle school victims and 13% of high school victims.

Where does offline bullying usually take place?

More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.

A school bullying statistics reveals that 43% fear harassment in the bathroom at school.

Playground school bullying statistics - Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention - 4%. Peer intervention - 11%. No intervention - 85%.

Bullying and guns

100,000 students carry a gun to school.

28% of youths who carry weapons have witnessed violence at home.

One out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.

School shootings and bullying

Case studies of the shooting at Colombine High School and other U.S. schools have suggested that bullying was a factor in many of the incidents.

Cyber bullying or bullying via email, Facebook, and other online forums

Overall, 19% of teens report they have been harassed or bullied online, and the incidence of online harassment is higher (23%) among 16 and 17 year-olds. Girls are more likely to be harassed or bullied than boys (21% vs. 17%).

Other studies claim that over half of adolescents and teens have been bullied online, and about the same number have engaged in cyber bullying.

More than 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyberthreats online.

Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the Internet.

Well over half of young people do not tell their parents when cyber bullying occurs.

1 in 10 adolescents or teens have had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often using cell phone cameras.

About 1 in 5 teens have posted or sent sexually suggestive or nude pictures of themselves to others.

Girls are somewhat more likely than boys to be involved in cyber bullying.

Mean, hurtful comments and spreading rumors are the most common type of cyber bullying.

Bullying and sexual harassment

A survey conducted by the American Association of University Women reported that 85% of girls and 76% of boys have been sexually harassed in some form and only 18% of those incidents were perpetrated by an adults.

Bullying and suicide

In one survey, 25% of middle school bully-victims reported having seriously considered suicide within the past year, compared to 16% of bullies and 12% of victims. For high school students, the numbers were 23%, 13% and 20% respectively. Among middle school students, 5% of  victims,11% of bullies and 17% of bully-victims actually attempted suicide.  On the high school levels, 10% of victims, 6% of bullies and 11% of bully-victims attempted suicide.

As well, 41% of middle school bully-victims and 29% of high school bully-victims reported self-harming without an intent to commit suicide.

Sources

http://www.stopbullying.gov/educators/index.html
http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/2011336.pdf
http://www.how-to-stop-bullying.com/bullyingstatistics.html
http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/cyber-bullying-statistics.html
http://urbandojo.com/2010/06/09/how-to-prevent-bullying-part-1-bullying-statistics/
http://www.parentingbookmark.com/pages/articleMB04.htm
http://www.nasponline.org/resources/factsheets/bullying_fs.aspx
http://depression.about.com/b/2011/05/13/bullying-linked-to-family-violence.htm


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