Unlocking the Truth
- One out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year.
- 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36 percent reported the bullying.
- Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression.
- Students who engage in bullying behavior are at increased risk for academic problems, substance use, and violent behavior later in adolescence and adulthood.
- Students victimized by their peers were 2.4 times more likely to report suicidal idealization and 3.3 times more likely to report a suicide attempt than youth who reported not being bullied.
- Suicide is not a natural response to being bullied. This myth has the dangerous potential to normalize suicide behavior in response to suicide and thereby create copycat behavior among students