Bullying Statistics are ever changing, as schools tackle the problem head on and students feel compelled to step forward. Much remains to be done. The effects of bullying are long-lasting for the victims. The bullies themselves go on more destructive behaviors as they get older – a detriment to themselves and society.
Bullying Statistics 2011 According to a 2011 Harvard School of Health Study:
- Male bullies are nearly four times as likely as non-bullies to grow up to physically or sexually abuse their female partners.
- By age 24, 60 percent of former school bullies had been convicted of a criminal charge at least once.
The issue of bullying doesn’t just erode a student’s self esteem, it affects grades as well. An atmosphere that is unsafe for kids leads to lower academic performance.
- Schools with higher reports of bullying scored 3 to 6 percent lower than schools that had strong anti-bullying policies in place.
- Schools that have anti-bullying programs reduce bullying by 50 percent.
Bullying is at its worst in middle school. The percent of middle schools that reported bullying problems is 44 percent. While 20 percent of high schools reported bullying problems and 20 percent of elementary schools reported bullying problems.
According to the most recent Bullying Statistics by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Health and Human Services, Cyberbullying Research Center, bullying continues to plague all our schools. Bullying statistics 2013 are not yet available, but the Bureau of Justice reports data culminating in 2011 and 2012.
- Students who reported being bullied at school: 37 percent.
- Students who bully others often: 17 percent.
- Kids who were made fun of by a bully: 20 percent.
- Students who suffered from having rumors or gossip spread about them: 10 percent.
- Kids who reported being physically bullied: 20 percent.
- Kids who felt excluded from activities they wanted to participate in: 5 percent.
- Students reported that 85 percent of the bullying occurred inside the school.
- Other bullying incidents that occurred on school grounds, bus or on their way home: 11 percent.
- Only 29 percent of students actually reported the bullying to someone at school.
The intensity of bullying also varies according to Bullying Statistics 2011 and Bullying in Elementary Schools Statistics :
- Victims who were bullied once or twice during the school year were 2 in 3. Victims who were bullied once or twice a month: 1 in 5. Victims who were bullied daily or several times a week: 1 in 10.
- Some bullying transcends making fun and turns to hate speech. Ten percent of middle and high school students who have had hate terms used against them.
- Meanwhile, kids who avoid school or certain areas of the school out of safety fears is 7 percent.
When it comes to cyber bullying, threats are more common.
- 52 percent of students reported being cyber bullied.
- 33 percent reported that the cyber bullying included threats online.
- 25 percent of teens say they have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phone o r the Internet.
- Parents don’t know as much as they think they do. More than half of teens do not tell their parents when they are being cyber bullied (52 percent say no).
- Unfortunately, violating students’ privacy without consent continues. 11 percent of students reported that they’d had embarrassing or damaging photos taken of themselves without prior knowledge or consent.
Cyber bullying differences exist between genders. Females report bullying more often than males. The types of bullying also varies, according the Cyber bullying Research Center, females are more likely to experience social or psychological bullying. Females and white students reported being the victims of cyber bullying more often than other groups.
- Today, 49 states have anti-bullying laws. In many cases, these included policies specifically inclusive of LGBT bullying.
- The Anti-Bullying Congressional Caucus held its first meeting in 2012, led by Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). Today, the caucus has 25 Congressional members and addresses four major areas: raising awareness, transferring resources to sub-national governments, developing systems for data collection and requiring sub-national jurisdictions to address bullying.
- Another major win for the LGBT is the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which would add sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination law, is making its way through Congress with support from both parties. The act aims to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to require schools and districts receiving federal funds to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The SSIA also would require states to report data on bullying and harassment to the Department of Education. Additionally, the SSIA would require the Department of Education to provide Congress with a report on the state reported data, along with other specified data, every two years.
Schools are addressing bullying at a younger age, before it becomes a problem. An international anti-bullying group Utterly Global, designed a program for kids as young as preschool to understand the effects of bullying.