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Facts About School Bullying

The NCES report reveals that
• There is noticeably more bullying in middle school (grades 6, 7, and 8) than in senior high school
• Emotional bullying is the most prevalent type of bullying, with pushing/shoving/tripping/spitting on someone being second
• Cyberbullying is —for the middle grade levels—the least prominent type of bullying, but it is greater in the last three years of high school than in grades 6-9.
• Most school bullying occurs inside the school, a lesser amount on school property, and even less on the school bus. The least occurs in other areas.
• Middle school students, and particularly sixth graders, were most likely to be bullied on the bus.
• Sixth graders were the most likely students to sustain an injury from bullying, with middle schoolers more likely to be injured than high school students and the percentage going down every grade from 6 to 12.
• Victims of bullying display a range of responses, even many years later, such as:
1. Low self-esteem
2. Difficulty in trusting others
3. Lack of assertiveness
4. Aggression
5. Difficulty controlling anger
6. Isolation
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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.
• Most children have either been bullied, bully others or witnessed bullying at school.
• More than one in five children are bullied regularly at school. Some are bullied occasionally.
• About one in five children can bully.
• In American schools, an estimated 160,000 children miss school every day, due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. 20% of students carry weapons to school to feel safer, 22% of students are victimized at the beginning of the year and 8% are victimized during the remainder of the year. 50% of students knew of a student who had switched schools to feel safer.
• 40% of suicide victims had been bullied at school. (Victorian Coroner 2007)
• National School Safety Center, USA, estimates that 525,000 "attacks, shakedowns and robberies" occur in an average month in public secondary schools.
• Two thirds of school shootings were conducted by victims of bullying.
• More than 50 % of teachers report being bullied at school (BBC TV 2006, NSW Teachers Union Study 2004)
• The National Education Association USA reports that every day 6,250 teachers are threatened with bodily harm and 260 are actually physically assaulted.
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Related articles: school Safety Center --- National Crime Prevention Council International Bullying Prevention Association ---Guard Child ( protecting Children In The Digital age) Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support International Association on Workplace Bullying and Harassment

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“Resources about Bullying”

Typical Bullying:

Verbal bullying, abusive speaking and writing is the most common form.

— Teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual and racist comments, harassment, taunting and threatening to cause harm. It can have long lasting effect for both genders.

Social Bullying can involve hurting someone’s reputation, status or relationships which includes:

— Extortion, spreading rumors about someone, physical violence and constant disruptions and damage to personal property, embarrassing someone in public and telling other children not to be friends with someone.

Physical Bullying can involve hurting/injuring a person's body and damaging their property such as:

— Pushing/tripping
— Spitting/ coughing in their face
— Hitting/kicking and pinching
— Taking or destroying other person's possessions
— Making rude hand gestures

Where and When Bullying Occurs

Bullying can occur during or outside of school hours. A significant percentage also happens in places like play grounds, buses, homes, shopping malls, parties and parks. It happens traveling to or from school, in the neighborhoods or on the internet on Facebook, MySpace etc.

Core Gender Issues:

Both boys and girls can be bullies and victims.

Boys tend to bully more openly with intensive physical harm and threats.

Boys bully other boys and girls; certain tough girls can bully boys as well.

Girls can be very rough but prefer indirect and subtle approaches such as verbal, emotional and social bullying tactics.

Girls’ bullying ranges from constant teasing annoyances, devaluing, provoking, isolation from the group and spreading malicious rumors.

Most importantly, boys use bullying tactics to gain school popularity and recognition amongst their peers. Girls use the same tactics to build and protect their reputation and gain power among their peers.

Historically, teachers and school administrators have too often remained unaware of such abuse and disrespect, following the tradition of letting youths settle their own scores. It is now widely recognized that this pattern has left bullies unreformed and with social problems in adulthood, and victims with lack of self-esteem, injuries and even suicide.


Cyber-bullying takes place using electronic technology to send negative text messages or emails, spreading rumors sent by emails and social networks such as Facebook, Twitter etc. embarrassing pictures, videos, websites, or fake profiles.

Prevent Bullying

Talk About it:

Parents, teachers, school administrations and other caring elders can invest time in preventing bullying. Children can be educated in techniques of prevention and taking precautionary measures. Adults can help kids understand the fundamental problems of bullying, keeping the line of communications open at all times. Discuss the psychological and emotional reasons for bullying.

Elders can encourage children to be creative, imaginative and expressive through the arts of music, poetry readings, dance, painting, academics and sports so they can develop self-confidence and self-respect through accomplishments and teamwork. Perhaps most powerful is to model in one’s own life how to treat others with kindness, respect and cooperation.

Prevention at School

Bullying can certainly threaten students' physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively influence their ability to learn, grow and mature.

There are many things school staff can do such as:
— Engaging parents and youth in school-wide discussion,
— Set policies and rules about what bullying is and be clear about its consequences,
— Be aware of student behavior problems and STOP bullying before it STARTS
— Make building a safe environment a top priority.