What are the facts about bullying? GLSEN: The 2011 National School Climate Survey
- It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
- American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center.
- One in seven students is either a bully or victim.
- Fifteen percent of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
- Seventy-one percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
- Nearly eight in ten students who identify as LGBT report being verbally harassed at school. Because of feeling unsafe, 32.7 percent report missing a day of school.
- In one study by “Fight Crime: Invest in Kids,” nearly 60 percent of boys whom researchers classified as bullies in grades six to nine were convicted of at least one crime by the age of 24, while 40 percent had three or more convictions.
What are the facts about cyberbullying? GLSEN: The 2011 National School Climate Survey
- One in four teens in a relationship (25%) say they have been called names, harassed, or put down by their partner through cell phones and texting. Only 20 percent informed a parent or another adult.
- Forty-three percent of youth report that they have experienced some form of cyber-bullying in the last year. The incidence of cyberbullying is most prevalent among 15- and 16-year-olds, particularly among girls.
- Teen cyber-bullying victims are twice as likely to talk to a friend about a bullying incident as to talk with their parents or another adult.
How do students and teachers perceive bullying? GLSEN: The 2011 National School Climate Survey
- Two-thirds of persons affected felt that staff responded poorly when they reported bullying. Only six percent believed the report was handled very well.
- Seventy percent of teachers believe that adults intervene almost all the time, while only 25 percent of students agreed.
- Among ninth-grade students, only 35 percent believed their teachers were interested in trying to stop bullying (only 25 percent for Administrators).
- Though 80 percent of middle school students “felt” sorry for victims of bullying, 64 percent said that other students try to prevent bullying only “once in a while” or never.