Bullying is a prevalent problem facing kids today.
According to one study conducted with 20,000 youth by researchers at Florida Atlantic University and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 73 percent of teens ages 12 to17 reported that they have been bullied at school, and 44 percent said the bullying had occurred within the past 30 days. With modern technology and social media, bullying goes beyond the bricks and mortar, too. According to Pew Research Center, 59 percent of teens report being bullied or harassed online, and 83 percent of those same youth also report being bullied at school. Clearly, there’s an overlap with what occurs in school and on social media, and this makes escaping bullying extremely difficult.
The very things that make teens susceptible to bullying in school also make them vulnerable online. And far too often, rather than seeking the help of trusted adults, these youth feel ashamed, embarrassed and afraid, so they slip into a state of despair and isolation. Sadly, the majority of kids who are bullied at school don’t report it to a school official either. Moreover, almost half of kids don’t report bullying to anyone at all. Reportedly, bullying leads to millions of daily school absences. For kids who are bullied, schools become places that are associated with fear and intimidation.