I would like to ask you tonight if you or someone you know has ever been a victim of bullying. I have some facts about bullying that id like to share with you tonight.
Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high
percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
71 percent of students report incidents of ...view middle of the document...
Surveys indicate that as many as half of all children are bullied at some time during their school years, and at least 10% are bullied on a regular basis.
Bullying behavior can be physical or verbal. Boys tend to use physical intimidation or threats, regardless of the gender of their victims. Bullying by girls is more often verbal, usually with another girl as the target. Bullying has even been reported in online chat rooms, through e-mail and on social networking sites.
Children who are bullied experience real suffering that can interfere with their social and emotional development, as well as their school performance. Some victims of bullying have even attempted suicide rather than continue to endure such harassment and punishment.
Children and adolescents who bully thrive on controlling or dominating others. They have often been the victims of physical abuse or bullying themselves. Bullies may also be depressed, angry or upset about events at school or at home. Children targeted by bullies also tend to fit a particular profile. Bullies often choose children who are passive, easily intimidated, or have few friends. Victims may also be smaller or younger, and have a harder time defending themselves.
If you suspect your child or a child is bullying others, its important to seek help for him or her as soon as possible. Without intervention, bullying can lead to serious academic, social, emotional and legal difficulties. This evaluation can help to understand what is causing the bullying, and help to develop a plan to stop the destructive behavior.
If you suspect your child or a child is the vicim then ask him or her to tell you whats going on. You can help by providing lots of opportunities to talk with you in an open and honest way.
It’s also important to respond in a positive and accepting manner. Let the person know it’s not his or her fault, and that he or she did the right thing by telling you.