The Youth4Peace Toolkit on Addressing Bullying
Bullying is a popular topic these days, frequently discussed on television and online news sites. Click the links at left to review examples of bullying, answer questions about bullying and find resources to help you learn more about bullying.
Ryan Halligan committed suicide at age 13 as a result of relentless bullying. This is his story, as told by his father to a group of young people. Play Teen Bullying Prevention – A Cyber Bullying Suicide Story to hear Ryan’s story, as told by his father.
- An Epidemic of Bullying
- Pink Chaddis – Mightier Than the Sword
- Bully Documentary – Rated Important
- Moving Beyond Tolerance to Understanding
Facts / News
One of the first places a child may encounter conflict is being the victim of bullying by his or her peers in school. Bullying Statistics, an organization which tracks data on bullying, reports some sobering facts in its 2010 survey:
- Over half, about 56 percent, of all students have witnessed a bullying crime while at school.
- 15 percent of all students who don’t show up for school report it as being out of fear of being bullied while at school.
- 71 percent of students report bullying as an on-going problem.
- One out of every 10 students drops out or changes schools because of repeated bullying.
- One out of every 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.
- Some of the top years for bullying include 4th through 8th graders in which 90 percent were reported as victims of some kind of bullying.
- Other recent bullying statistics reveal that 54 percent of students reported that witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.
- Among students of all ages, homicide perpetrators were found to be twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied previously by their peers.
- Each year, 282,000 students are reportedly attacked in high schools throughout the nation.
The Internet has fostered a new and sometimes deadly form of bullying – cyber bullying. Cyber bullying can occur when a child is the victim of harmful or embarrassing messages posted online or sent via text.
Below are additional resources you can use to understand more about bullying and how to end it.
Organizations / Websites
- Bullying Statistics
- End to Cyber Bullying Organization
- International Bullying Prevention Website
- National Bullying Prevention Center
The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others
by Bob Sornson, Maria Dismondy and Kim Shaw
Bullying Prevention and Intervention: Realistic Strategies for Schools (The Guilford Practical Intervention in the Schools Series)
by Susan M. Swearer PhD, Dorothy L. Espelage PhD and Scott A. Napolitano PhD
Bullyproof Your Child For Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting, and Bullying forGood
by Joel Haber and Jenna Glatzer
Confessions of a Former Bully
by Trudy Ludwig and Beth Adams
“If you are neutral in the face of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu