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In this Article
- Bullying facts
- What is bullying?
- How common is bullying?
- What are the different types of bullying?
- What makes a bully? Why do kids bully? Why do adults bully?
- What are causes and risk factors of bullying?
- What are symptoms and signs of children and adults who are bullied?
- What are the effects of bullying?
- What should victims of bullying and their parents do to stop bullying?
- What should parents do if they think their child is bullying others?
- What can people do if they see someone being bullied?
- What measures can be implemented to prevent bullying at school and in the workplace?
- Where can people find more information about bullying?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
How common is bullying?
Some statistics on bullying include that some research has found almost 30% of students from grades six through 10 have either been a bully or the victim of bullying, and about half of high school students acknowledge having bullied other students in the past year. Research on cyber bullying indicates that anywhere from about 16% in the past year to nearly 75% in their lifetime of people have been the victim of this form of harassment. Most victims of cyber bullying have also been victims of school bullying.
Studies show that teachers often underestimate how much bullying is occurring at their school since they only see about 4% of bullying incidents that occur. Further, victims of bullying only report it to school adults one-third of the time, usually when the bullying is being suffered repeatedly or has caused injury. Parents tend to be aware their child is being bullied only about half the time.
More than 40% of workers in the United States are thought to have been bullied in the workplace, and more than 90% of working women are estimated to believe they have been undermined by another woman at some time in their careers. It is unclear, however, how much of that perception may be the result of the stereotype that female supervisors should be more nurturing toward their employees compared to their male counterparts.
What are the different types of bullying?
There are thought to be four types of bullying. Physical bullying may involve hitting, kicking, pushing, or otherwise fighting others. Verbal bullying refers to the use of words to harm others with name-calling, insults, making bigoted comments, or harsh teasing. Relational bullying focuses on excluding someone from their peer group, usually through verbal threats, spreading rumors, and other forms of intimidation. Reactive bullying involves the bully responding to being a former victim by bullying others. Boys tend to engage in bullying more often than girls and are more likely to engage in physical or verbal bullying, while girls more often engage in relational bullying.
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