More than a quarter of students ages 12-18 were bullied at school during the 2008-09 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website, StopBullying.gov.
However, perhaps a more alarming trend is that 9 out of 10 students in the third, fourth and fifth grades said they felt sorry for students who are bullied, even though they may not take action.
“Many times,” the infographic says, “when kids see bullying, they may not know what to do to stop it.”
As students age, they are less likely to report bullying. About 80 percent of third-graders report bullying, but that drops to just over half of all 12th-grade students.
The organization urges youth who witness bullying to tell an adult, and for adults to take immediate action to stop it.
StopBullying.gov uses mostly data from the past 5 years to explain the bullying climate in middle and high schools. Here are several other trends that they found in their analysis.
- Nearly 1 in 5 students were called names or insulted, and about 1 in 10 were pushed, shoved or spit on.
- Males are more likely to experience physical bullying, while females are more likely to experience bullying through rumor-spreading or exclusion.
- Students are more likely to be bullied as 6th graders, but less likely as they reach 12th grade.
The data also suggests that kids keep silent for a number of reasons. Females stay mum because of negative messages about tattling and snitching, while males are concerned about retaliation. Both males and females must work through gender stereotypes, as well as – and perhaps most importantly – a lack of confidence in adults’ actions.
Leave a comment to describe the types of bullying you’ve seen in Metamora. Let us know if you’ve stopped someone from being bullied or heard someone else’s stories about being bullied. Please do not use the names of bullies or bullying victims. If bullying persists, please seek out a responsible adult.