Stop Bullying!!!!

Griffin and Christian

Stop Internet Bullying

For girls, the internet is the primary place they witness bullying, with 73 percent reporting frequent abuse online. For boys, the rates are slightly lower, at 59 percent. In total, nearly 7 in 10 high school aged students report frequent online bullying. Cyber bullying and bullying over the phone are often beyond the reach of both school policies and out of sight of parental supervision. The anonymity of cyber bullying means that intervention by teachers or other students is minimal.

Bullying Rates

In 2008, males were more likely than females to be bullied physically (e.g., being hit, slapped, or pushed), at 17 and 13 percent, respectively, within the past year. Females were more frequently the targets of Internet harassment (3.4 versus 1.8 percent, in the past year) and teasing or emotional bullying (24 versus 21 percent, in the past year). Trends for cumulative exposure are similar.

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When Bullying Occurs

Bullying starts when teens leave for school, with over one-third of students reporting frequent abuse on buses and at bus stops. As students congregate in school, bullying concentrates where students spend required time—the most common places students report bullying during their seven hour school day include the halls, classrooms, and the cafeteria. The presence of teachers appears not to matter—over half of students report frequent bullying while in class. This bullying included intimidation, violence, and name-calling. Younger students appear particularly vulnerable and report the highest rates of bullying. As students advance from freshman to senior year in high school, rates of physical abuse and verbal harassment decline. Nearly 40 percent of high school freshmen report daily bullying; only

25 percent of high school seniors do.

Ages When Kids Get Bullied

In 2008, at least 20 percent of children ages 2 through 17 experienced one or more forms of bullying during the past year.

Who Is Vulnerable

Younger students appear particularly vulnerable and report the highest rates of bullying. As students advance from freshman to senior year in high school, rates of physical abuse and verbal harassment decline. Nearly 40 percent of high school freshmen report daily bullying; only 25 percent of high school seniors do.

Recognize, Refuse, Report Bullying