50 Facts on Bullying

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Lett, Jeff. "The numbers continue to rise every month..." Editorial. Bully Facts & Statistics. N.p., 2009. Web. 30 May 2012. .
1. 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
2. 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
3. It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association.
4. American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center.
5. - 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
6. 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying - Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers.

7. Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.
8. According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.
9. Bullying can take many forms but it usually includes the following types of behavior: • Physical – hitting, kicking, pinching, punching, scratching, spitting or any other form of physical attack. Damage to or taking someone else’s belongings may also constitute as physical bullying. • Verbal – name calling, insulting, making racist, sexist or homophobic jokes, remarks or teasing, using sexually suggestive or abusive language, offensive remarks • Indirect – spreading nasty stories about someone, exclusion from social groups, being made the subject of malicious rumours, sending abusive mail, and email and text messages (cyber bullying). • Cyber Bullying - any type of bullying that is carried out by electronic medium. There are 7 types including:

10. A new review of studies from 13 countries found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied, and suicide. (Yale School of Medicine) 5 Interesting Facts about Bullying. N.p., 2012. Web. 30 May 2012. .

1. • Research shows that half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years. More than 10% are bullied regularly.d • More parents are allowing their young children to undergo plastic surgery to combat bullying. For example, Samantha Shaw, a 1st grader, underwent surgery to get her ears pinned back to prevent her from being bullied.m • The word “bully” was first used in 1530 and originally applied to both genders and meant “sweetheart.” It is from the Dutch boel, meaning “lover” or “brother.” Around the seventeenth century, the term began to mean “fine fellow,” “blusterer,” and then “harasser of the weak.”c • Over 30% of children who suffer a food allergy report having been bullied at school. While verbal abuse was the most common form of bullying, 40% reported having been physically threatened, such as having the allergen thrown or waved at them or being touched by the allergen. Food allergies affect an estimated three million children.i • Girls bully in groups more than boys do.l

• Though girls tend to use more indirect, emotional forms of bullying, research indicates that girls are becoming more physical than they have in the past.l • Boys tend to bully according to group, such as “athlete” versus “non-athlete.” Girls tend to bully according to social status, such as “popular” vs. “non-popular.”q Bullying is an international problem • When boys bully, they tend to use more threats and physical intimidation on both boys and girls. Girls are usually more verbal and tend to target other girls.d • Bullying happens not just in the United States but also all over the world. International researchers have demonstrated that bullying in schools is universal.a • Several factors increase the risk of a child being bullied, including parental over-control, illness or disability, passivity, social phobia,...
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