According to a study by the Health Department of New York State has found that the percentage of students who said they have been bullied at school or online is 18 percent.
The study found that there was little difference in the percentage of boys and girls bullied on school property. However, in terms of cyberbullying, the percentage of girls cyberbullied was at 13, whereas the percentage of boys was at 9.
Other discoveries made by the same study included
- One in six victims of any type of bullying attempted suicide whereas 6 percent of nonbullied children tried to suicide
- 29 percent of students who identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexuals were bullied as opposed to 17 percent of heterosexual students
- Bullying did not differ much by race. Relatively 16-20 percent of each race reported bullying.
- Younger teens were generally bullied more than older teens.
- Bullied students were six times more likely to skip school.
- One in five bullied students said they were threatened or injured with a weapon, rate six times higher than other children.
- Bullied children are twice as likely to carry a weapon for self-protection
More About STAN:
The STop Abuse oNline Organization is the world’s number one source for up-to-date cyberbullying information, news, legislature, and cyberbullying prevention tips. STAN is instantly accessible online, and phone assistance by certified and professional cyber bullying counselors is available to any inquiring individuals. Highlighting cyberbullying as a leading issue in today’s technological society and raising awareness throughout the web and throughout communities is the first and primary step to putting an end to cyberbullying.
A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, STAN is an international cyberbullying awareness campaign that has united over 4.5 million individuals internationally. Youth initiatives have started up in not only the fifty states, but also in nations such as China and the UK. Partnering with other organizations, such as the Girl Scouts of USA and Sears Anti-Bullying Coalition, has enabled us to outreach even further. All of the money raised has been utilized to continue expanding STAN, helping to increase the impact we’ve made. Most importantly, we are grateful to have comforted and served thousands of cyberbullying victims of all ages. Future victims no longer need to feel as isolated and helpless as I once did.