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Bullying Facts | Community Education Pulse Uniform

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What is Bullying

Stopbullying.gov defines bullying as the unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems.

Bullying Statistics

  • 1 out of 4 kids will experience bullying sometime throughout
    their adolescence
  • 46 % males and 26% females have admitted to being victims
    in physical fights
  • 58% of kids never tell an adult when they've been the
    victim of a bullying attack

Four Types of Bullying

  • Verbal Bullying - saying or writing mean things (name
    calling, taunting, threatening)
  • Social Bullying - damaging someone's reputation (spreading
    rumors, public embarrassment, telling others not to be friends
    with someone)
  • Physical Bullying - hurting someone physically (hitting,
    kicking, pinching, pushing, tripping)
  • Cyber Bullying - tormenting, threatening, harassing,
    humiliating, embarrassing someone using the internet, interactive
    and digital technologies or mobile phones. Cyberbullying
    is the latest type of bullying.

The Effects of Bullying

Bullying, according to the Department of Health & Human Services, doesn't only affect the child who is being bullied. There are also harmful effects to the one who is bullying as well as bystanders.

Kids Who Are Bullied

are more likely to:

  • experience negative physical, school, and mental health
  • experience depression and anxiety, increased feelings
    of sadness and loneliness
  • experience changes in sleep and eating patterns, and
    loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
  • experience health issues

These things may persist into adulthood such as retaliating through extremely violent measures. In 12 out of 15 school shooting cases in the 90s, the shooters had history of being bullied

Kids Who Bully Other Kids

are more likely to:

  • may likely abuse alcohol and other drugs later in adolescence
    and adulthood
  • get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of
  • engage in early sexual activity
  • have criminal convictions
  • abuse romantic partners and their own children

Kids Who Witness Bullying

are more likely to:

  • miss or skip school
  • have increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs
  • experience depression and anxiety

Bullying and Suicide

Although kids who are bullied are at risk of suicide, bullying alone is not the cause. Many issues contribute to suicide risk, including depression, problems at home, and trauma history.

What You Can Do to Prevent Bullying

Talk about bullying

  • help kids understand bullying
  • keep lines of communication open
  • encourage kids to speak to an adult if they experience
    being bullied, experience the urge to bully other kids or
    witnessed bullying

Participate in the Campaign to Prevent Bullying

  • help teachers and other parents to make school a safe
    place for kids
  • take part in creating policies and rules to prevent
  • help in educating students and parents against bullying

3. Stop Bullying On the Spot

Get police help or medical attention immediately if

  • A weapon is involved.
  • There are threats of serious physical injury.
  • There are threats of hate-motivated violence, such as
    racism or homophobia.
  • There is serious bodily harm.
  • There is sexual abuse.
  • Anyone is accused of an illegal act, such as robbery or extortion using force to get money, property, or services.