10 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Bullying
Most people know that bullying is a problem that children and teenagers face on a daily basis, but not everyone knows just how far this problem goes. Here are 10 facts you might not have known about bullying:
- In grades 6-12, 28% of students experience bullying.
- 70% of students report having witnessed bullying in their school.
- 75% of school shootings have been linked to harassment and bullying.
- 64% of students who are bullied do not report it.
- Of the students surveyed who have been bullied, 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 13% were the subject of rumors; 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; 5% were excluded from activities on purpose.
- The most common places for bullying to occur is in the hallway or stairwell at school, inside the classroom, in the cafeteria, online, in the bathroom and locker room, or on the school bus.
- Over 20% of students aged 9-12 have been cyberbullied, cyberbullied others, or have seen cyberbullying.
- 70% of LGBTQ students have been verbally bullied in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
- 34% of LGBTQ students have missed at least one entire day of school in the past month because they felt unsafe or uncomfortable.
- 85% of bullying is seen, but only a small portion of bystanders actually stand up to the bully.
What Can We Do?
There are multiple ways to get involved and help stop bullying, but at Motivated to Act, we try to focus on preventative measures. Most anti-bullying campaigns take place in high school, and focus on ways to stop bullying or cope with the aftermath of bullying. We are trying to focus on young kids and instill good morals and values in them so that they understand the implications of bullying long before it is most likely to occur to them. By producing short films and books, we have been able to impact the lives of many kids around the country and are hopeful that these kids will grow up to choose respectful behavior and equality over bullying. Join us to help stop bullying, visit our website for more information.