Bullying Has Become a HUGE Problem – Bullying is becoming SO common, especially in middle school and high school. It’s important if you are being bullied to seek help from a parent or teacher as soon as possible. Just to show you how common bullying has become, take the poll below and see what percentage of our site visitors are also being bullied.
Here are some interesting statistics about bullying:
Between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 US students say they have been bullied while at school. Much fewer have been cyberbullied.
Most bullying happens while kids are in middle school. The most common types of bullying are verbal and social bullying.
Because of the growing awareness of bullying, some believe bullying is increasing. But, actually, studies suggest that rates of bullying may be declining. However, it is still aserious problem in today’s schools.
The Risk Factors:
Young people who are perceived as different from their peers are often at risk for being bullied.
The Effects of Bullying:
Bullying affects all youth, including those who are bullied, those who bully others, and those who see bullying going on. Some effects may last into adulthood.
Interestingly, bullying is not usually a simple interaction between a student who bullies and a student who is bullied. Usually it often involves groups of students who support each other in bullying other students.
There isn’t a single profile of a young person involved in bullying. Youth who bully can be either well connected socially or marginalized, and may be bullied by others as well. Similarly, those who are bullied sometimes bully others. Youth who both bully others and are bullied are at greatest risk for subsequent behavioral, mental health, and academic problems.
Disconnect Between Adults and Youth:
There is often a disconnect between young people’s experience of bullying and what the adults see. Also, adults often don’t know how to respond when they do recognize bullying.