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Bullying Statistics

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The government’s Find Youth Info website reports some recent bullying statistics:

  • Bullying is most common among middle school children, where almost half of students may be bully victims
  • Between 15 and 25 percent of students overall are frequent victims of bullying, and 15 to 20 percent of students bully others often
  • About 20 percent of students experience physical bullying at some point in their lives, while almost a third experience some type of bullying
  • Cyber bullying statistics show about 8 percent of students have been the victims of a cyber bully
  • Studies have indicated that females may be the victims of bullying more often than males; males are more likely to experience physical or verbal bullying, while females are more likely to experience social or psychological bullying
  • Students with disabilities are more likely to be the victims of bullying
  • Homosexual and bisexual teens are more likely to report bullying than heterosexual teens
  • Though the above statistics indicate lower numbers of cyber bully victims, other reports have suggested that cyber bullying might be a much more common problem.
  • The Cyberbullying Research Center’s bullying statistics from 2009 show that:
    • between 20 and 25 percent of students have been the victims of cyber bullying
    • with about the same number acting as perpetrators,
    • and that these students are more likely to suffer from low self esteem and suicidal thoughts.

2002-2009 Bullying Stats:

  • In a US 2002 study, about 90% of children and adolescents (ages 5-17; 47 million persons) use computers, and about 59% (31 million) use the internet. (source: NCES)
  • There is a relationship between bullying or being bullied and other types of violence, including fighting, carrying weapons, and suicide
  • The 2009 Indicators of School Crime and Safety collected statistics from a variety of studies, which showed that:
  • Most bullying occurred inside the school, with smaller numbers of bullying incidents occurring outside on the school grounds, on the school bus, or on the way to school
  • One third of teens reported being bullied while at school
  • About 20 percent of teens had been made fun of  by a bully,
  • 18 percent of teens had rumors or gossip spread about them,
  • 11 percent were physically bullied, such as being shoved, tripped, or spit on,
  • 6 percent were threatened,
  • 5 percent were excluded from activities they wanted to participate in,
  • 4 percent were coerced into something they did not want to do
  • 4 percent had their personal belongings destroyed by bullies
  • 4 percent of teens in this study reported being the victims of cyber bullying
  • Only about a third of bully victims reported the bullying to someone at school
  • About 2 of every 3 bully victims were bullied once or twice during the school year, 1 in 5 were bullied once or twice a month, and about 1 in 10 were bullied daily or several times a week
  • In this study, females and white students reported the most incidents of being the victims of bullying
  • 44 percent of middle schools reported bullying problems, compared to just over 20 percent of both elementary and high schools
  • Incidents which can be related to bullying:
  • Rates of sexual harassment and racial or ethnic tensions were somewhat higher for middle school children than for other age groups
  • Violent crimes are more likely to occur among middle school students and younger teens than among older teens
  • 10 percent of middle and high school students have had hate terms used against them, and over one third have seen hateful graffiti messages
  • Violent deaths, including suicides, are rare at school, though recent events have shown school bullying may be related to violent actions, including suicides, outside of school.
  • Though violent crimes among young people have decreased in recent years, there was a small upswing in the amount of violence taking place at school
  • 8 percent of students were injured or hurt with a weapon at school, and males were more likely than females to be victims
  • 7 percent of students have avoided school or certain places at school because they were afraid of being harmed in some way
  • Source:
  • The 2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that about 1 in 5 teens had been bullied at school in the last year.


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