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The entire month of October is bullying prevention month and all month long I will be sharing stories, stats, and insights in hopes of bringing awareness to this very important topic.
Stay tuned and check back for more information on bullying and what you can do to help!
You may have heard of fifteen year old Amanda Todd who killed herself a month after posting a video on YouTube in which she uses a series of flash cards to tell her story of being cyber-bullied, physically assaulted, and blackmailed into showing her breast on a webcam.
Despite numerous stories like Amanda’s, there are still people who believe that bullying is just kids being kids and that we are blowing things out of proportion. Granted, not every child who is being bullied commits suicide, but the lasting effects of being bullied can be detrimental to a child’s well-being.
Effects of Bullying
According to Stopbullying.gov,”kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues.” These kids are more likely to experience:
- Depression and anxiety
- Increased feelings of sadness and loneliness
- Changes in sleep and eating patterns
- Loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy
- Health complaints
- Decreased academic achievement (i.e. low GPA and standardized test scores)
- Decreased school participation (more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school)
Did You Know
Another argument that people have is that bullying is not happening as frequently as we think. Well, here are the national statistics from Stopbullying.gov. They seem pretty startling to me.
- Been Bullied
28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying.
20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.
- Bullied Others
Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.
- Seen Bullying
70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
70.4% of school staff have seen bullying. 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.
When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.
- Been Cyberbullied
9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year. However, 55.2% of LGBT students experienced cyberbullying.
To find out what you can do to help prevent bullying, visit Stopbullying.gov
Next week I will be sharing with you common signs that a child is being bullied. In the meantime, I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments about the state of children and bullying.
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