31.5% of middle school students and 36% of high school students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
22% of students 12 to 18 years old reported being bullied at school.
1 out of 10 students who drop out of school do so because of repeated bullying.
47% of high school students told nobody at all of the bullying they witnessed.
Over the course of a year, 25% of students across all grades report that they had been harassed or bullied on school property because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.
28% of students ages 10 to 18 years old reported being cyberbullied during their lifetimes.
15% of social media-using teens ages 12-17 have been the target of online meanness.
87% have seen someone be mean or cruel on social network sites.
16.2% of teens reported that they have cyberbullied someone in their lifetime.
What is bullying?
The repeated actions or threats of action directed toward a person by one or more people who have or are perceived to have more power or status than their target in order to cause fear, distress or harm. Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological or any combination of these three.
There are four major types of bullying:
Physical: This includes acts such as hitting, shoving, tripping, throwing objects, inappropriate touching or damaging someone else’s property.
Verbal: This includes things like name calling, teasing, racial slurs, threats, spreading rumors, slurs related to sexual orientation or gender identity.
Psychological: hurtful behaviors such as exclusion, withholding friendship and other aspects which hurt emotionally.
Cyber: Posting negative comments, fake profiles, sexting, making fun of photos, tagging photos, twitter fights, posting negative videos, negative status post, hate blog, hate pledges, texting rumors, hacking profiles, nasty emails, forwarding negative emails, cyber stalking.
10 Ways to Respond to Bullying: If you’ve experienced bullying, you’re not alone. There are people who can help and actions you can take to make things better.
In the Moment
1. Walk Away: If possible, remove yourself from the situation immediately.
2. Say “Stop:” If it feels safe, tell the aggressor to stop in a firm but calm way. If you feel confident to do so, use humor or a clever response to weaken the effect of the mean behavior.
3. Keep Cool: Try to control your emotions in the moment. Showing fear or anger may egg on the aggressor.
4. Don’t Fight: Try not to fight or bully back in response – this may just continue the cycle of bad behavior.
After the Incident
5. Tell a Friend: Don’t keep the bullying a secret. Tell a friend and ask for support. You will feel better, and your friend can help you decide what to do next and go with you to get assistance.
6. Report to an Adult: Tell a trusted adult what has happened. Remaining silent will not make things better and may worsen the situation. Reporting a serious problem is not the same as “tattling.” Adults need to know about bullying behavior so they can support you and take action to stop it.
7. Find Safe Spaces: Try to avoid “danger zones” where bullying is likely to take place and where there are a few adults who can help. Try to surround yourself with supportive friends or classmates whenever you can.
8. Practice Responding: Reflect on how you might react to bullying in the future and rehearse those responses with a trusted friend or adult. Think about what strategies have worked or fallen short, and don’t give up if your first response is not successful.
9. Express Your Feelings: Keep a diary or journal – written, electronic or video – where you can record your private thoughts and feelings. It is important to express yourself, especially when you are going through a tough time.
10. Reach Out: Find new friends, hobbies or interests that occupy your time in positive ways and make you feel good about yourself. Avoid spending too much time on your own.
5 Ways to Respond to Cyberbullying
1. Save Evidence: Keep copies or take screen shots of bullying texts, emails and other communications.
2. Don’t Respond: Do not communicate with aggressors. If necessary, an adult can reply with strongly worded message warning them to stop.
3. Report: Tell an adult about the incident and, if necessary, contact the website, internet service provider and/or law enforcement officials.
4. Block: Guard against future bullying by blocking aggressors from your social networking pages and email, and by changing your email address, screen name, phone number and passwords as needed.
5. Find Supportive Groups: Find new online groups and games in which the people are friendly, positive and supportive; quit groups in which mean or aggressive behavior occurs often.
Love yourself and know you have the ability to put an end to bullying.
If you see someone being bullied, be an Ally! Support the targets, whether you know them or not, tell aggressors to stop, and inform a trusted adult.
Embrace your differences. Realize that every person is different, and every person in the audience is valuable in not just some way, but in every way.
Bullying stops with each of us.
Don’t give up!