Bullying Facts and the Challenge to be Met

No longer is bullying confined to the schoolyard where children could previously escape the pressure of bullies and retreat to a safe place called home. With the rise of the Internet come new ways for students to bully nonstop. Bullying has become an epidemic that affects not only children, but parents, teachers and the community.

According to the National Education Association, PACER Center and StopBullying.gov:

  • 1 in 7 students in grades K – 12 are either a bully or have been a victim of bullying.
  • An estimated 160,000 U.S. children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.
  • 83% of girls and 79% of boys report experiencing harassment.
  • Six out of 10 teenagers say they witness bullying in school once a day.
  • 35% of kids have been threatened online.
  • Nearly 9 out of 10 LGBTQ youth report being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.
  • Bullies often go on to perpetrate violence later in life: 40% of boys identified as bullies in grades 6 through 9 had three or more arrests by age 30.
  • One out of every 10 students who drop out of school does so because of repeated incidents of bullying.
  • 75% of shooting incidents at schools have been linked to bullying and harassment.
  • 64% of children who were bullied did not report it.
  • Nearly 70% of students think schools respond poorly to bullying.
  • When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time. 

Bullying has serious, adverse educational effects, and students who are targets often experience extreme stress that can lead to symptoms of physical illness and a diminished ability to learn, according to the National Education Association. This translates into increased absenteeism and impaired performance, as evidenced by decreased test scores.

For more information on the Anti-Bullying Institute, please go to AntiBullyingInstitute.org.