Bullying Statistics

According to bullyingstatistics.org . . . “Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.” So, how does this connect to bullying? “Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University . . . A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying . . . 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above . . . According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.”

It has been shown that “Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting, or circulating suggestive or nude photos or messages about a person.”

(accessed 8/4/2013 @ http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html)

What are the Forms of Bullying? 

Physical:  Physical bullying involves harmful actions against another person’s body.  Examples include:  biting, kicking, pushing, pinching, hitting, tripping, pulling hair, any form of violence or intimidation.  Physical bullying also involves the interference with another person’s property.  Examples include: damaging or stealing.

Verbal:  Verbal bullying involves speaking to a person or about a person in an unkind or hurtful way.  Examples include:  sarcasm, teasing, put-downs, name calling, phone calls, spreading rumors or hurtful gossip.

Emotional:  Emotional bullying involves behaviors that upset, exclude, or embarrass a person.  Examples include:  nasty notes, saying mean things using technology (e.g. cyber bullying using emails, instant messaging), chat rooms, tormenting threatening, humiliation or social embarrassment.

Sexual:  Sexual bullying singles out a person because of gender and demonstrates unwarranted or unwelcome sexual behavior.  Examples include: sexual comments, abusive comments, unwanted physical contact.

Racial:  Racial bullying involves rejection or isolation of a person because of ethnicity.  Examples include: gestures, racial slurs or taunts, name calling, making fun of customs/skin color/accent/food choices.

(accessed March 26th, 2012 @ http://www.hartdistrict.org/ranchopico/Counseling/Rancho%20Pico%20Website_files/page0024.htm)

How can you tell if your child is bullying or being bullied?

I’m just not going to attempt to rephrase all the information out there. STOPBullying.gov sums it up quite nicely.

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