SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT BULLYING
SHOCKING FACTS ABOUT BULLYING
Shocking Bullying Facts and Statistics
According to statistics, bullying is an increasing problem. You might not know statistics, but you have seen the news reports over the past 10 to 20 years that bear out that it is still an issue. Here are some shocking facts and statistics that every parent and guardian need to know.
What are the Facts?
Many people are confused about the facts. News stories, while horrific, can be viewed as an isolated incident. They are not. Many kids suffer in silence for fear of retaliation from bullies and disappointment from parents. For themselves, they don’t want to be viewed as “weak” to others. Image is a big part of a kid’s life especially when they reach the teenage years.
So, we will enlighten you about some facts that have come to light through surveys and research studies into the problem of bullying.
• 10% of children are bullied regularly – This is according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychology. This begins as early as elementary school and can teach kids that abnormal relationships like this are the “norm.”
• 30% of teenagers are involved in bullying – This is as the victim, the bully or both, according to Family First Aid. It is not uncommon for a victim to later become an abuser, perpetuating the cycle.
• 85% of cases are not followed up – This means that a teacher or administrator doesn’t pursue the reported threat and the bullying continues unchecked.
• 100,000 students carry a gun to school – Even with metal detectors and cameras, it is possible to get a weapon onto school property if a child really wants to. This escalating violence among school-age kids, including homicide and suicide is linked to bullying incidents. Consider Columbine High School and Westside Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas. When authorities don’t act, bullied children are taking matters into their own hands, taking their rage and anger out on the bullies themselves.
• As many as 160,000 students miss school each day – Much of this is due to bullying. Kids are afraid of being harassed and avoid the place of their torment – school.
• 80% of high school students have been bullied online – Cyber bullying is the newest form of harassment for bullies. It has led to suicide in several cases with students being harassed for their appearance and sexual orientation. Even after the death of the student, siblings have been cyber bullied as well.
• Cyber bullied teens are more likely to consider suicide – With over 80% of teens carrying a cell phone, it is easier for bullies to harass their victims without notice and even after school is over.
Bullying is a growing and very real problem. The news is littered with stories of school shootings around the world as well as self-inflicted deaths directly related to bullying. Become part of the solution and help stop this epidemic.
We will be hosting a Rise Above Bullies Workshop. We have 2 sessions available October 16th at 630pm or October 17th at 10am.
Please registers at http://lakecountybjj.com/rise-above-bullies
Hope to see you soon!