Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power inbalance.The aggressive behavior is often repeated or escalates over time.
Bullying can include actions like making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and or excluding someone from a group or activity on purpose.
Bullies use their power - such as their physical strenght, access to embarrassing information, or popularity - to control or harm their victims.
There are two sources of federally collected data on youth bullying:
The 2012–2013 School Crime Supplement (National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics) indicates that, nationwide, about 22% of students ages 12-18 experienced bullying.
The 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) indicates that, nationwide, 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.
Research on cyberbullying is growing. However, because kids’ technology use changes rapidly, it is difficult to design surveys that accurately capture trends.
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If one of your child's friends or peers begins to bully someone, they shouldn't encourage the behavior by giving it an audience.
Instead of laughing or supporting it, they can let the bully know that such behavior isn't entertaining.
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She performs her slam poem, "Something Beautiful" and then talks about what occurred to her after she performed this poem at her high school talent show.
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All bullying facts are shocking, but the most shocking might be about the places where bullying is most common. Although there are many locations where bullying regularly occurs, schools are definitely the center stage of bullying.
School children are bullied more often and more intensively than any other group; according to the statistics, more than half of school-going children are bullied at some point in their school years, and more than 10% of them are bullied on a regular basis.
In addition to the 3 million students that are bullied each year, more than 150,000 students skip school each day due to the fear of being bullied.
There is no rule about who becomes a victim of bullying, but studies have revealed that some groups are more likely to be bullied than others. The key characteristic of victims is being different from what is perceived by the bullies as “normal”.
People with distinct physical characteristics, such as deformity, disability or obesity, often fall victim to bullies. Other victims might be people who are either very smart or have learning disabilities.
People who belong to LGBT communities and racial minorities are also frequently bullied, and people who come from a poor background, are shy and reserved, or simply exhibit a special talent or a special interest can often become victims, too.
Adults are also frequent victims of the abuse, intimidation and violence that are characteristic of bullying.
One-third of US workers – or more than 50 million individuals – have been bullied in their workplaces, and domestic bullying (bullying by a partner) has been a huge problem too for decades.
Unfortunately, a large proportion of domestic abuse goes unreported, so statistics rarely show the whole picture.