While there is no reliable correlation between low self-image causing bullying, the effects of bullying on the self-image of others is undeniable. Victims are often left with feelings of inadequacy and in some cases may even take their own lives if they do not have the proper support systems around them. Bullies can have an enormous impact on a school climate and now, with widespread social media, can even attack their victims at home, leaving victims with a feeling that they are never safe. Below is a list of 11 facts about bullying. Together we can combat the dramatic effects of verbal, physical, and mental abuse
- Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year
- Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
- Seventeen percent of American students report being bullied two to three times a month or more within a school semester. Take a stand in your community by hosting a Bullying Policy Makeover event customizing your school’s anti-bullying policy.
4. One in four teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene four percent of the time.
5. By age 14, less than 30 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls will talk to their peers about bullying.
6. Over 67 percent of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
7. Seventy-one percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
8. Ninety percent of fourth through eighth graders report being victims of bullying.
9. One in ten students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
10. As boys age they are less and less likely to feel sympathy for victims of bullying. In fact they are more likely to add to the problem than solve it.
11. Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.