October is Bullying Prevention Month. If you are a teacher or school administrator, here are some statistics from StopBullying.gov that can help you know where and how you can step in to prevent students from bullying others.

Some statistics you should know . . .

  • 28% of students in grades 6–12 have experienced bullying.
  • 20% of students in grades 9–12 have experienced bullying.
  • 9% of students in grades 6–12 have experienced cyberbullying.
  • 15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
  • 2% of LGBTQ students have experienced cyberbullying.
  • About 49% of children in grades 4–12 have reported being bullied by other students at least once during the past month.
  • 30% of young people admit to bullying others.
  • 6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
  • 4% of school staff members have seen bullying.
  • When bystanders step in, bullying stops within 10 seconds, 57% of the time.
  • The most common types of bullying are verbal and social. Physical bullying occurs less often.
  • Common forms of bullying include name calling (reported by 44.2 % of students who have been bullied); teasing (43.3 %); spreading rumors or lies (36.3%); pushing or shoving (32.4%); hitting, slapping, or kicking (29.2%); being left out of activities (28.5%); threatening (27.4%); stealing belongings (27.3%); sexual comments or gestures (23.7%); e-mail or blogging (9.9%).
  • Most bullying takes place in school, school grounds outside, and on the school bus.
  • Students who have been bullied in school say it has taken place in classrooms (29.3%); hallways or locker areas (29.0%); cafeterias (23.4%); gym or PE classes (19.5%); bathrooms (12.2%); and playground or recess areas (6.2%).
  • Only 20% to 30% of students who have been bullied notify adults.

Source of statistics: StopBullying.gov

Raising Educators’ Consciousness About Bullying

Reducing bullying results in a reduction in suicide rates, an improvement in academic performance, reduced drop-out rates, and other benefits.

If you are a teacher, school administrator or parent, learning to notice bullying and to step in can dramatically improve the quality of student life.

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