The Impact of Bullying
When it comes to bullying, there are many people who can have an impact besides the victim of this event. The observer of bullying, the bully, and the school can experience effects. The students who are bullied-the victims-can feel a great deal of depression, low self-esteem, suffer health problems, poor grades, and entertain suicidal thoughts. People who bully others are held accountable for the amount of pain to the victim no matter what the excuse is. We are who we want to be. Nobody can make our decisions for us. The bully may be involved in frequent fights, receive poor grades, and suffer a negative reputation at school. The observers of the bullying may feel confused, fearful, powerless to act, guilty not acting, conflicted, and tempted to participate. This relates back to my other section, Becoming Upstanders. Schools where this type of bad behavior is common may have an environment of fear and disrespect.
Many people don't realize how many people bullying affects. Hopefully, these statistics can help you realize how powerful bullying is and how much control it has over many teens, children, and adults.
-1 out of 4 kids are bullied
-28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 experienced bullying
-20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying
-Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others in surveys.
-70.6% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools.
-70.4% of school staff have seen bullying. 62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more
-When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.
-9% of students in grades 6–12 experienced cyberbullying.
-15% of high school students (grades 9–12) were electronically bullied in the past year.
-In one large study, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month, whereas 30.8% reported bullying others during that time.
-Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus. Bullying also happens wherever kids gather in the community. And of course, cyberbullying occurs on cell phones and online.
-Only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying.
-According to one large study, the following percentages of middle schools students had experienced bullying in these various places at school: classroom (29.3%); hallway or lockers (29.0%); cafeteria (23.4%); gym or PE class (19.5%); bathroom (12.2%); playground or recess (6.2%).