Bullying can have far-reaching negative effects on children of all ages, including inciting violent acts, and now it has a new platform: the Internet and cell phones. More information on this topic is available in Yello Dyno's Just the Facts section Bullying & Cyberbullying.
"About one third (32%) of all teenagers who use the Internet say they have been targets of a range of annoying and potentially menacing online activities... Depending on the circumstances, these harassing or "cyberbullying" behaviors may be truly threatening...several patterns are clear: girls are more likely than boys to be targets; and teens who share their identities and thoughts online are more likely to be targets than are those who lead less active online lives. Read the complete Data Memo by the PEW Internet & American Life Project, 2007.
• Fifty percent of kids are bullied and l0% are victims on a regular basis.
"People who show anger
rather than sadness are boosting their status within a group, according
to four studies by Larissa Tiedens at Stanford University. Not only
did observers support angry politicians, as opposed to ones expressing
sadness, but they also assigned a higher salary to a job candidate who
said he was angry. Being angry creates an impression of competence,
and that leads to higher status."
According to the latest poll, thirty-two percent of parents fear for their child’s physical safety when the child is at school. Thirty-nine percent of parents with a child in grade six or higher are more likely to say they fear for their child’s safety. Twenty-two percent of parents whose children are in grade five or lower fear for their child’s safety. (Parents Not Overly Concerned About School Environments for Their Children, Gallup News Service, 2001)
recent studies show that as many as seventy-five percent of children
have been victims of bullying during their school careers, about half
of parents in this survey see bullying as no problem for their children.
• Seventy-four percent of 8 - to 11-year-old students said teasing and bullying occur at their schools. (Talking With Kids About Tough Issues: A National Survey of Parents and Kids, Kaiser Family Foundation and Nickelodeon, 2001)
• The prevalence of one problem behavior at school has increased. In 2001, 8 percent of students reported that they had been bullied at school in the last 6 months, up from 5 percent in 1999. (Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2003, Dept. of Criminal Justice, 2003)
• In 1999–2000, public school principals were asked to report how often certain disciplinary problems occurred at their schools. Twenty-nine percent of public schools reported that student bullying occurred on a daily or weekly basis. (Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2003, Dept. of Criminal Justice, 2003)
• 86% said, "other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them" causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools. (Bureau of Justice, 2001)
• Bullying generally begins in
the elementary grades, peaks in the sixth through eight grades, and
persists into high school. (Addressing the
Problem of Juvenile Bullying, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
• Overall, almost eleven percent of a representative sample of youth reported bullying others sometimes, and almost nine percent admitted to bullying others once a week or more. Experiencing bullying was reported with similar frequency, with almost nine percent bullied sometimes and just over eight percent bullied once a week or more. (Bullying Behaviors Among US Youth, Journal of the American Medical Association, 2001)