"I'm fine."

How many times a day do you say this lie?

Bullying is NOT okay.

What is Bullying? Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

What does it lead to? Bullying is the main factor of depressed, self-harming, etc. people. A bully can go from a mean school mate, a verbally abusive sibling, an abusive parent and a taunting co-worker. So many suicide cases are pertaining to getting bullied.

How to prevent or lower the problem? Many ways to prevent bullying in schools would be: enforcing the "no bullying" rules, having more assemblies or broadcasts about it and just educating a lot of students on the symptoms and affects of bullying. You can't really stop bullying completely because a lot of cyber-bullying also goes on outside of school that principles can't do anything about, and sometimes not even parents. But you can lessen the problem, which will take more than just signs and a "slap on the wrist."

General Statistics on bullying

  • Nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2013).
  • 19.6% of high school students in the US report being bullied at school in the past year. 14.8% reported being bullied online (Center for Disease Control, 2014).
  • 64 percent of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36 percent reported the bullying (Petrosina, Guckenburg, DeVoe, and Hanson, 2010).
  • More than half of bullying situations (57 percent) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied (Hawkins, Pepler, and Craig, 2001).
  • School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25% (McCallion and Feder, 2013).
  • The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%) (Davis and Nixon, 2010).

Who should you call?

1 (800) 273-8255

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline