160,000 Students Nationwide Skip School Daily For Fear Of Being Bullied
Guest Post By LoLo Smith
The National Education Association is reporting that one hundred sixty thousand students stay home from school every day because of bullying. This is a staggering number that underscores the seriousness of this problem. The Urban Institute’s 2013 study on bullying revealed 17% of students reported being victims of cyberbullying, 41% reported being victims of physical bullying, and 45% reported being victims of psychological bullying. The study further indicated that 25% of students experienced bullying on school grounds during the school day. Fifteen percent of students reported they experienced at least one type of bullying (cyber, physical, and/or psychological) at school once a month or more.
Almost all forms of bullying peak in middle school and then decrease in tenth grade. Different types of bullying are more prevalent based on gender: 50% of female students have experienced psychological bullying, compared to 39% of male students; 45% of male students have experienced physical bullying, compared to 37% of female students; 23% of females reported cyberbullying victimization, compared to 11% of males.
Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment. Students who experience bullying are twice as likely as non-bullied peers to experience negative health effects such as headaches and stomachaches. In extreme cases, some youth contemplate or commit suicide.
The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%). In a new book, Saying No To Bullying, Gerald S. Norde Jr. indicates that youth are being bullied because they receive treatment for behavioral health problems. His book seeks to sensitize elementary children to the varied reasons for behavioral health problems among youth such as drug use by parents, incarceration of parents, long-term illness of a family member requiring youth to provide care, death of a family member, and physical or mental disability.
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The book is available at: http://www.livingstorybooks.com/be-a-superhero-by-saying-no-to-bullying/