Statistical Facts

  1. In the US, 1 in 5 students ages 12-18 has been bullied during the school year.[1]

  2. Approximately 160,000 teens have skipped school because of bullying.[2]

  3. Students who reported that they were frequently bullied scored lower in reading, mathematics, and science than their peers who reported that they were never or rarely bullied.[3]

  4. The most commonly reported type of bullying is verbal harassment (79%), followed by social harassment (50%), physical bullying (29%), and cyberbullying (25%).[4]

  5. Labeling an incident as bullying can be important because it influences whether students tell an adult, as well as how adults respond to the student’s report.[5]

  6. More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.[6]

  7. 6th grade students experience the most bullying (31%).[7]

  8. 70% of school staff have seen bullying. 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month, and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.[8]

  9. Students are less likely to report bullying as they get older. Only 39% of high schoolers notified an adult of bullying.[9]

  10. 42% percent of students who reported being bullied at school indicated that the bullying was related to at least one of the following characteristics: physical appearance (30%), race (10%), gender (8%), disability (7%), ethnicity (7%), religion (5%), and sexual orientation (4%).[10]

  11. Over half of students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied believed their bullies had the ability to influence what other students thought of them

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