Does the word bullying make you immediately think of fights on a playground or shoving matches in the hallway? If you watch the news at all, you know that our definitions can no longer be so narrowly defined. Schools now contend with physical, verbal, social alienation, and cyberbullying. In order to combat this issue in our schools, it’s important to know what to look for. If your school faces problems with bullies, book one of our school bullying prevention programs, or check out our curriculum for grades 2-12. If you’re a parent and want more information, sign up for our newsletter to receive monthly emails about this and other topics pivotal to teens.
This is what most of us think of when we hear the word ‘bullying’. All those images in our heads of fights on the playground, or scuffles in the hall between classes fall under this category. It includes: hitting, pushing, tripping, slapping, stealing or destroying possessions, and sexual harassment or assault.
Verbal bullying can be just as damaging as physical bullying. Females primarily engage in this form of bullying, though males may also use it in an attempt to dominate their victim. Kinds of verbal bullying include: name calling, insults, gossip, teasing, taunting, intimidation, and sexist or racist remarks.
Sometimes called indirect, or covert bullying, this form can be more difficult to detect. It can go on behind the victim’s back, or can take the form of public humiliation. It includes: spreading rumors, non-inclusion, negative gestures, jokes or pranks, embarrassment or humiliation, and damaging someone’s social reputation. This form can be the most emotionally damaging to its victims. They experience depression and anxiety. The psychological effects of social bullying often stick around even into adulthood.
This relatively new form of bullying has only recently begun to receive attention. It is a form of social bullying specifically through technology. Cyber bullies attack victims through: text messages, email, websites, chat rooms, and social media sites. It reaches the victim wherever they are, and they often feel that they cannot escape.
An End to Bullying
Bullying programs in schools have proven to significantly reduce bullying. Working together, we can put an end to bullying. Just Say YES speakers provide powerful bully-prevention programs that you can bring to your school to teach students about bullying, how to avoid being the target of a bully, and how to stand up for bullying victims. We believe that your school can end bullying and the harmful effects it has on students throughout their lives.
- 15% of all school absences are directly related to fears of being bullied.
- 20% of students report having been victims of physical bullying.
- 6 out of 10 teens report witnessing bullying at least once a day.
- 282,000 students are reportedly attacked in high school each month.
- 60% of middle school students say they have been bullied, while only 16% of staff believe that students are bullied.
- 2/3 of students who are targets of bullying become bullies.
- Victims of cyberbullying show more signs of depression than other bullying victims.
- Half of teens have experienced some form of cyberbullying and 10-20% experience it regularly.
- 1 million kids were cyberbullied over Facebook last year.
- Adolescent girls are significantly more likely to experience cyberbullying.
Bullying and Suicide Statistics
- The leading cause of death among children under the age of 14 is suicide.
- In schools where there are bullying programs, it is reduced by 50%.
What we do
Book a Just Say YES school bullying prevention program at your school to inform and empower your students to stand up against bullies. During student assemblies, speakers encourage students not only to avoid bullying, but to actively discourage bullies. Each of our speakers integrates the facts with personal experience and struggles to reach students with a powerful and personal message. Contact a program coordinator to find out which speaker will most benefit your school. We also provide the highly successful bullying curriculum, The Protectors, for elementary, middle and high school students. Take a look in our store and see if this curriculum would help your school.