What You Should Know About Bullying

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What is Bullying?

The definition of bullying on www.dictionary.com is “to treat in an overbearing or intimidating manner.”

Stop Bullying Now!, a national campaign bythe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines bullyingas, “Aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves animbalance of power or strength. Typically, it is repeated over time.”

Some parents may remember what bullying is from when they werechildren, and typically think of the bigger kids on the playgroundpushing down the smaller or younger ones; this is a form of physicalbullying. However, the times are changing, and so has bullying.Bullying can be verbal or physical and has now extended to the newtechnologies available. There is an increase in cyberbullying, whichextends bullying to technologies such as the internet and telephones.

Who is Being Bullied?

• According to the report Indicators of School Crime and Safety:
2008 by the National Center for Education Statistics, about 32
percent of students reported being bullied at school. (1)

• 79 percent of those students reported being bullied inside the
school building, 23 percent reported being bullied on school
grounds, and 4 percent reported being cyberbullied. (1)

• According to the 2001 National Crime Victimization Survey by the
U.S. Department of Education, there were no major differences
found between the number of boys and girls being bullied. (2)

• There were also no major differences found between the number of
students being bullied in public and private school. (2)

• However, fewer students reported being bullied in schools where a
security guard or police officer was present.  (2)

What are the Effects of Bullying?

• Students who were bullied are more likely to take a weapon to school
for protection. (2)

• Bullied students are also more likely to get involved in a physical
fight. (2)

• Bullied students are more likely to receive lower grades than those
students who are not being bullied. (2)

• Bullied students are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression,
health problems, and mental health problems. (3)

What does this Tell Us?

Bullying can happen anywhere and to any child. This is what makes bullying such an important issue. However, there are measures that schools, teachers, parents, and children can take to prevent or stop bullying and the first step is to become informed on bullying and its effects.

Dinkes, R., Kemp, J., and Baum, K. (2009). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008 (NCES 2009–022/NCJ 226343). National Center for Education Statistics, Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of
Education, and Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Washington, DC.

DeVoe, J. F., and Kaffenberger, S. (2005). Student Reports of Bullying: Results From the 2001 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCES 2005–310). U.S. Department of Education,
National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Department of Education Website, www.ed.gov

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