Though they’re often treated as generic villains in kids’ media, school bullies are a real problem that affects the education and social development of children. Again, unlike common media portrayals, kids are often unsure how to respond when they see bullying or when they are the target. And the problem is large than people may realize. To help illustrate the scope of the problem of school bullying, here are 10 bullying statistics from reports and studies from the past year.
- In a survey conducted in conjunction with the Making Caring Common Project, 62 percent of 9- to 11-year-olds say they have been bullied (48 percent once or twice; 14 percent many times). (Source: Cartoon Network)
- A 2018 survey found that 77 percent of 9- to 11-year-olds say they have witnessed bullying (50 percent once or twice, 27 percent many times). (Source: Cartoon Network)
- More than half (58 percent) of kids who have seen someone getting picked on or being left out say one of the reasons they sometimes don’t help is they don’t know what to do or say. (Source: Cartoon Network)
- Besides not knowing what to say, many kids worry about possible negative outcomes from intervention. According to a Cartoon Network survey, nearly half of the respondents (46 percent) were worried that they’ll make things worse if they tried to stop bullying and more than a third (37 percent) were afraid other kids will make fun of them. (Source: Cartoon Network)
- How children feel about the particular target of bullying may affect their willingness to intervene. More than one in five (22 percent) of the kids surveyed said they sometimes hold back when they see bullying because they don’t have anything in common with the kid who is getting left out or picked on. (Source: Cartoon Network)
- According to a national survey, seven out of 10 (70 percent) people say it would help kids their age be kinder if adults in charge of our country set a better example of how to treat others. (Source: Cartoon Network)
- According to research cited by DoSomething.org, bullying stops within 10 seconds of someone intervening, but 85 percent of the time, no one intervenes. (Source: DoSomething.org)
- Bullying isn’t just a U.S. problem. A 2017 study reported that 75 percent of Canadians say they have been affected by bullying. (Source: Cutthebull.org)
- According to estimates from NoBully.org, 30 percent of school kids worldwide are bullied each year and bullying is the #1 act of violence against young people in America today. (Source: NoBully.org)
- The Cyberbullying Research Center found that about 28 percent of students ages 12-17 say they’ve been victims of cyberbullying in their lifetime, and 15 percent admit to being a cyberbully in the past. (Source: Cyberbullying Research Center)
I hope you learned something useful in this set of bullying statistics. The Cartoon Network study has much more data on bullying and other issues affecting school-age children. I recommend reading the full press release or downloading the report.
Check out the other articles in the Interesting Statistic series for more useful factoids. Also, be sure to check out an upcoming special guest post that will discuss what responsibilities parents have to prevent bullying.