Bullying, Cyberbullying, & Suicide Statistics

Featured statistics for each category can be viewed below or click the button for a pdf list of all available statistics.

 
 
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Bullying

Nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year (National Center for Education Statistics [NCES], 2013)

Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment (Center for Disease Control [CDC], 2012)

Almost all forms of bullying peak in middle school and then decrease in tenth grade (Zweig, Dank, Lachman & Yahner, 2013)

 
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CYBERBULLYING

Approximately 34% of students report experiencing cyberbullying during their lifetime (Patchin, 2015)

2/3 of teenagers who have witnessed online cruelty have also witnessed others joining in and 21% of teens say they have joined the harassment themselves (Pew Research Internet Project, 2011)

1 in 6 online teens say they have been contacted online by someone they did not know in a way that made them feel scared or uncomfortable (Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2013)

 
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Self-Harm

he average age of self-harm onset is 15.2 years of age (Canadian Medical Association, 2008)

16.9% of youth indicated that they had self-harmed including cutting, scratching, and self-hitting (83.2% of the time) (Canadian Medical Association, 2008)

Digital Self-Harm” is considered anonymous online posting or sharing of hurtful content about oneself. About 6% of students have digitally self-harmed (Patchin & Hinduja, 2017).

 
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Suicide

Current research suggests that suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents have nearly doubled since 2008 (Plemmons et al., 2018)

A prior suicide attempt is the single most important risk factor for suicide in the general population (WHO, 2014).

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for individuals 15-24 years of age – homicides ranked 3rd (Drapeau & McIntosh, 2015)

 
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mental health

Over 90% of people who commit suicide have been diagnosed with mental illness (National Alliance on Mental Illness [NAMI], 2013)

32% of students say they have felt so depressed “that it was difficult to function” (American College Health Association, 2013)

1 in 5 children and youth have a diagnosable emotional, behavioral or mental health disorder (Kessler & Berglund, 2005).

 

Discrimination

More than 1/3 of adolescents reporting bullying report race-based school bullying (Russell, Sinclair, Poteat, & Koenig, 2012)

85% of LGBT youth reported experiencing some form of bullying or harassment at school (Zweig, Dank, Lachman & Yahner, 2013)

64% of students enrolled in weight-loss programs reported experiencing weight-based victimization (Puhl, Peterson, & Luedicke, 2012)

The National Autistic Society reports that 40% of children with autism and 60% of children with Asperger’s syndrome have experienced bullying (National Autistic Society, 2011)

 
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Bullying Intervention

When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2014)

During 2015-16, about 76% of public schools reported providing training for classroom teachers or aides on recognizing physical, social, and verbal bullying behaviors (NCES, 2018)

Students reported that the most helpful things teachers can do are: listen to the student, check in with them afterwards to see if the bullying stopped, and give the student advice (Davis & Nixon, 2010).

 
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crime, violence, & law enforcement

During the 2013–14 school year, 65% of public schools recorded that 1 or more incidents of violence had taken place (approximately 757,000 crimes), which translates to approximately 15 crimes per 1,000 students enrolled (U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, 2017)

In 2015, about 6% of students in grades 9–12 reported that they had been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property (U.S. Department of Education & U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs, 2017)

48% of law enforcement agencies report the time spent investigating bullying, school violence or cyberbullying has increased over the past 2 years (Thomson Reuters, 2013)