According to Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, “Bullying, a behavior that hurts, harms, or humiliates someone physically or emotionally, is a serious issue that impacts thousands of students every day.
As damaging as bullying may be, there is hope! With education and awareness, bullying can be prevented at school, in neighborhoods, and online.”
Did You Know?
- One out of every five (20.2%) students report being bullied.
- A slightly higher portion of female than of male students report being bullied at school (24% vs. 17%).
- Around 46% of bullied students report notifying an adult at school about the incident.
- Among students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school, 15% were bullied online or by text.
- Reports of cyberbullying are highest among middle school students, followed by high school students, and then primary school students.
- Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school.
- Students, parents, educators, and communities all have a responsibility to address bullying.
- Involving community members such as law enforcement officials, faith organizations, community action groups, and others allow school officials and parents to address the bigger issues of disrespect, bias, and violence that can contribute to bullying issues in school.
- A community-wide effort shows students that adults care about what happens to them and that they are not alone.
Quick Tips for Parents and Families
- Teach your child that bullying is wrong.
- Look for the warning signs of bullying.
- Speak up if you see signs of bullying.
- Help your child learn kindness and respect.
Learn more about bullying by:
- Understanding and discussing with your child what bullying is and it effects.
- Asking other parents how they help their kids stay safe on social media.
- Visiting Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center for more tips and information regarding bullying prevention