Facts on Bullying
There are about 160,000 children that miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. Nationwide surveys of 6th through 10th graders conducted by the national institute of Child Health and Human Development revealed that 17% of children in the 6th through 10th grade are bullied sometimes or weekly, while 19% bully others sometimes or weekly. (Ericson, OJJDP Fact Sheet, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)
Bullying is characterized by the following three criteria:
- It is aggressive behavior or intentional harmdoing
- It is carried out repeatedly and over time
- It occurs within an interpersonal relationship characterized by imbalance of power.
A student being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other students. Such negative actions include intentionally inflicting, or attempting to inflict, injury or discomfort upon another. (The following is taken from “Being a Friend and Having a Friend” text published by the Office of Violence Prevention.)
Bullying Comes in Many Different Disguises and Forms
Any way you look at it, it hurts!
Direct Bullying Can Be:
- Destroying clothing, homework, etc.
- Verbal Threats
- Hurtful Words
- Cruel Jokes or Tricks
- making someone do something they don't want to do
- Ganging up on someone
Indirect Bullying Can Be:
- Intentional exclusion (i.e. "don't play with him"..."don't invite her!")
- Spreading rumors or gossip
- Enforcing social isolation
- *ignoring or leaving someone out
- Mean looks or rude gestures
- Writing and passing cruel or threatening notes
- *some children now use email and other social media
One thing we CAN do: RESIST ALLOWING DIRECT AND/OR INDIRECT BULLYING
Ways to be involved
- Bullying Prevention programs can contribute to this work by joining the group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- October is National Bullying Prevention Month - help organize an activity during this time.
- Visit www.stopbullying.gov for more information on ways that you can make a difference in your school and in someone's life.
- Contact our partners in the attached directory.
EVERY 7 minutes a student experiences BULLYING.
The ChicagoBullying Prevention Workgroup
This workgroup is a coalition of over 20 agencies who provide services that directly or indirectly address bullying. The goals of the workgroup are to:
- Share information about best practices
- Share core principles and key information about bullying prevention
- Promote the inclusion of at-risk populations in service development, such as LGBTQ youth
- Work with partners to decrease school bullying victimization