Bullying Statistics

Bullying statistics show that bullying is a serious problem among North American young people. These numbers and percentages do not tell every story. But they do create a picture of the extent of bullying. Stats show a lot about bullying. They give a broad picture based on numbers. But they do not give details for individual cases.

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among children under the age of 14.  Bullycide is a term used to describe suicide as the result of bullying. New bullying statistics 2010 are reporting that there is a strong connection between bullying, being bullied and suicide, according to a new study from the Yale School of Medicine. Suicide rates are continuing to grow among adolescents, and have grown more than 50 percent in the past 30 years. 

Bullying includes physical, verbal and cyber attacks, destroying personal property or clothing, starting rumors. For teens and children who feel they are being bullied, it's important to address the matter with a parent or teacher right away.

Even though it may feel like you are telling on someone for doing something wrong and that this might get you into trouble with the bully later, in the majority of cases when a bully is reported, the bullying stops because the situation is dealt with.

If you see bullying occur, it is important to tell a trusted adult about the situation. There are many ways to try and prevent bullying from getting worse and by reporting incidents. 

Maintaining a strong sense of self and good overall self-esteem  and building your self esteem are other ways to prevent yourself from being a victim. 

 It's important to have a good group of friends that will have your back if a bully does try to attack in some way. Parents need to talk to their children and teens about bullying and how to prevent it from happening.

Things You Need to Know About Bullying Statistics

You need to know:

  1. how the study was conducted. This factor can influence the honesty of people's answers and what they remember.
  2. the number, age, gender, and ethnicity of the people polled.
  3. how bullying was defined in the survey.
  4. the location of the survey.
  5. the time necessary to collect, analyze, and report information.
  6. bullying statistics vary from one study to another.

Bullying Statistics — The 2009 Indicators of School Crime and Safety (from a number of American studies)

  • 11 percent were physically bullied, such as being shoved tripped, or spit on.
  • 6 percent were threatened.
  • 5 percent were excluded from activities they wanted to participate in.
  • 4 percent were coerced into something they did not want to do, and 4 percent had their personal belongings destroyed by bullies.
  • 4 percent of teens in this study reported being the victims of cyber bullying. 
  • Only about a third of bully victims reported the bullying to someone at school.
  • About 2 of every 3 bully victims were bullied once or twice during the school year.
  • 1 in 5 were bullied once or twice a month, and about 1 in 10 were bullied daily or several times a week.
  • females and white students reported the most incidents of being the victims of bullying.
  • 44 percent of middle schools reported bullying problems, compared to just over 20 percent of both elementary and high schools.
  • About 20 percent of teens had been made fun of by a bully.
  • One third of teens reported being bullied while at school.

 Most bullying occurs inside the school, with smaller numbers of bullying incidents occurring outside on the school grounds, on the school bus, or on the way to school.  

Another Source -- olweus.org (Bullying Prevention Program)

  • Over half, about 56 percent, of all students have witnessed a bullying crime take place while at school.
  • A reported 15 percent of all students who don't show up for school report it to being out of fear of being bullied while at school.
  • There are about 71 percent of students that report bullying as an on-going problem.
  • About one out of every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying.
  • One out of every 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.
  • Some of the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders in which 90 percent were reported as victims of some kind of bullying.
  • Other recent bullying statistics reveal that 54 percent of students reported that witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school. 
  • Among students of all ages, homicide perpetrators were found to be twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied previously by their peers.
  • There are about 282,000 students that are reportedly attacked in high schools throughout the United States each month. 

Bullying statistics 2009 Indicators — Incidents Related to Bullying

  • Rates of sexual harassment and racial or ethnic tensions are higher for middle school children than for other age groups.
  • 10 percent of middle and high school students have had hate terms used against them, and over one third have seen hateful graffiti messages.
  • Violent crimes are more likely to occur among middle school students and younger teens than among older teens.
  • Females are more likely to be called be gender-based hate words, while males are more likely to be called by hate words relating to their race or ethnicity.
  • Violent deaths, including suicides, are rare at school, though school bullying may be related to violent actions, including suicides outside school.
  • Though violent crimes among young people have decreased in recent years, there is some increase in the amount of violence taking place at school.
  • 8 percent of students are injured or hurt with a weapon at school, and males were more likely than females to be victims.
  • 7 percent of students have avoided school or certain places at school because they were afraid of being harmed in some way.
  • The 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that about 1 in 5 teens had been bullied at school during the previous year.

Bullying statistics from the government's Find Youth Info web site

  • Bullying is most common among middle school children, where almost half of students may be bully victims.
  • Between 15 and 25 percent of students overall are frequent victims of bullying, and 15 to 20 percent of students bully others often.
  • About 20 percent of students experience physical bullying at some point in their lives, while almost a third experience some type of bullying.
  • Cyberbullying show about 8 percent of students have been the victims of a cyber bully.
  • Studies show that females may be the victims of bullying more often than males; males are more likely to experience physical or verbal bullying, while females are more likely to experience social or psychological bullying.
  • Students with disabilities are more likely to be the victims of bullying.
  • Homosexual and bisexual teens are more likely to report bullying than heterosexual teens.
  • The above bullying statistics show lower numbers of cyber bully victims. Other reports suggest that cyber bullying is a much more common problem. The Cyberbullying Research Center's bullying statistics from 2009 show that between 20 and 25 percent of students have been the victims of cyber bullying, with about the same number acting as perpetrators, and that these students are more likely to suffer from low self esteem and suicidal thoughts.

  • Bullying causes lack of self esteem in children. For help with building child self esteem go to Child Self Esteem and Building Child Self Esteem. These bullying statistics show that bullying is a serious problem for many teens. 

  • For More Information on Bullying

    Bullying Facts
    What is bullying?
    The Bully
    School Bullying
    Effects of Bullying
    Stop Bullying

    Sources for these statistics

    National Center for Educational Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics, "Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009" [online]
    FindYouthInfo.gov, "How Widespread is the Bullying Problem?" [online]
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey Overview" [online]
    S. Hinduja, and J. W. Patchin, Cyberbullying Research Center, "Cyberbullying Research" [online]

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