Bullying Statistics

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Web Resources

How widespread is violence in our schools?

  • The U.S. Department of Education estimates that each year, three million thefts and violent crimes occur in or near schools. That's an average of 16,000 such incidents per school day. (Harvard School of Public Health)

  • In a 1994 survey of 700 communities, 80% of respondents said that violence was a serious problem in classrooms, hallways, and playgrounds. (National School Safety Center)

  • In a 1993 survey of 720 school districts nationwide, 82% reported an increase in violence in their school over the past five years. (Harvard School of Public Health)

  • In a 1993 survey of students grades 6-12, 79% said that violence was caused by "stupid things like bumping into someone." Other causes of violence included: boyfriend-girlfriend disputes, outsiders, racism, and gangs. (National School Safety Center)

  • What's the risk of being bullied at school?

  • Bullying begins in elementary school, peaks in middle school, and falls off in high school. It does not, however, disappear altogether. (The Facts About Bullying, 1997)

  • 61.6% of students who are bullied are picked on because of their looks or speech. (U.S. News & World Report, May 7, 2001)

  • Of the students who are bullied, 55.6% report being hit, slapped, or pushed. (U.S. News & World Report, May 7, 2001)

  • In a 1994 survey, it was reported that 22% of all teenaged students had been in a fight in the past year. 34% of those fighting were boys while only 11% were girls. (Harvard School of Public Health)

  • How do students react to bullying?

  • Up to 7% of eighth grade students stay home at least once a month because of bullies. (www.bullybeware.com)

  • In a 1993 survey of students grades 6-12, 50% knew someone who switched schools to feel safer. (National School Safety Center)

  • More than 43 percent of middle school and high school students avoid using school bathrooms for fear of being harassed or assaulted. (Mothering, May/June 2001)

  • One in fifteen students said they avoided certain places at school because they feared being attacked. (Harvard School of Public Health)

  • Only 25% of students report that teachers intervene in bullying situations, while 71% of teachers believe they always intervene. (www.bullybeware.com)

  • When asked, students uniformly expressed the desire that teachers intervene rather than ignore teasing and bullying. (Maine Project Against Bullying)

  • By age 24, 60% of identified bullies have a criminal conviction. (www.bullybeware.com

  • Web Resources for Parents and Teachers

  • Indiana Youth Institute: Links to the Virginia Beale Ball Library, a great library in Indianapolis with excellent resource information on bullying, violence, and many other issues related to youth. www.iyi.org

  • Keep Schools Safe: Web site dedicated to helping parents, teachers and school administrators, law enforcement officers and students in their efforts to keep schools safe. www.keepschoolssafe.org

  • Mothers Against Teen Violence: Includes warning signs for violence and information on starting a local chapter of MATV. www.matvinc.org

  • National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center: Information on youth violence, youth at risk, youth suicide, gangs, and firearm violence. Good source for statistics. www.safeyouth.org

  • Stop the Hate: Dedicated to helping students, educators, police and the community to stop hate crimes and violence. Also, a good connection to other communities about activities in these areas. www.stopthehate.org

  • Bullying.org: An excellent resource to see, read, and hear the impact that bullying has had on people's lives. Read personal testimonials, hear songs, watch videos, or read poems. www.bullying.org

  • ERIC-Educational Resource Information Center: Information for parents and teachers about many educational issues. www.eric.ed.gov

  • Take Action Against Bullying: Information about bullying from recent articles. www.bullybeware.com

  • Stop Bullying Now: Does not believe that bullying is a part of growing up. View letters from students. www.stopbullyingnow.com

  • 1Bully Online: Information for parents and teachers about child and school bullying. Includes link to legal cases with child bullying emphasis. www.successunlimited.co.uk/bullycide/child.htm

  • Teasing Victims: Provides an online "Revolutionary Manual for Handling Kids' Aggression" and "Columbine Made Simple." Includes area for parents and teachers. www.Bullies2Buddies.com

  • Kidscape: Gives information about what bullying is, signs of bullying, and what an adult can do to help a child. Gives insight for parents, teachers, and kids. www.kidscape.org.uk/kidscape/

  • Information and statistics compiled by Krystin Washington, INROADS Intern,
    Summer 2001, for the Community Education Department, Riley Hospital
    for Children, Indianapolis, Indiana, 317-274-2964

    http://rileyforkids.org/safetysmart/parents/bullying/index.html