Facts about Bullying
Bullying happens everywhere to anyone. Kids, teens, grown-ups – including the elderly — can be victims of bullying. Everyone’s at risk.
Bullying can be emotional, physical, social, cyber or other ways, too.
- Emotional and social forms of bullying include yelling, spreading rumors, teasing, making fun of others, name calling, not including others in your circle of friends because of the way they look, dress, talk, or whatever.
- Physical forms of bullying include hitting, attacking, beating, shooting, killing.
- Cyber bullies use social media to harm others. Cyber bullying includes posting embarrassing pictures or videos of others, making fake websites and profiles about someone else, texting and emailing hurtful messages.
Bullying can be based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, weight, religion, or just because.
Did you know bullying is so far reaching that the U.S. federal government has created a site to stop bullying? You can access the site at http://www.stopbullying.gov
The U.S. Department of Education also has an official blog that features 5 ways educators can stop bullies. You can access the site at http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/04/top-5-ways-educators-can-stop-bullies/
The National Education Association
The National Education Association (NEA) study is the first large-scale nationwide survey fielded to examine the perspectives of teachers and education support professionals (ESPs) — or bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, and other support staff — for purposes of looking at bullying and prevention efforts from a whole-school perspective. Over 5,000 NEA members participated in the survey.
You can learn more about this landmark study at http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1160&context=colleagues
From reading it, I found:
- Over 40% of respondents indicated that bullying was a moderate or major problem in their schools.
- Teachers were significantly more likely than ESPs to be directly involved in bullying prevention activities (47% and 27%, respectively).
- “There is ample evidence that students who experience bullying suffer a range of adverse academic and health effects (Swearer, Espelage, Vaillancourt, &Hynel, 2010).
- “Large numbers of students are seeking help from teachers, as well as from ESPs.”
- Less than 60% OF NEA members who participated reported that their school had formal bullying prevention efforts in place.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Facts reported by the NASP are startling.
- Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society.
- The American Medical Association reports that approximately 3.7 million
youths engage in, and more than 3.2 million are victims of, moderate or serious bullying each year.
- Bullying is often a factor in school related deaths.
- Membership in either bully or victim groups is associated with school drop out, poor psychological adjustment, criminal activity and other negative long-term consequences.
- Over 2/3 of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying.
For the full report by Andrea Cohen & Andrea Canter of the NASP, click here.
The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry also has facts for families. You can learn more at http://www.aacap.org/cs/root/facts_for_families/bullying