According to the State of Utah bullying means intentionally or knowingly committing an act of harm to affect others, particularly when the behavior is habitual and involves an imbalance of power. It can include verbal harassment, physical assault, or coercion and may be directed repeated towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability.
Cyber-bullying means to use the internet, a cell phone, or another device to send or post text, video, or an image with the intent or knowledge, or with reckless disregard, that the text, video, or image will hurt, embarrass, or threaten an individual, regardless of whether the individuals directed, consented to, or acquiesced in the conduct, or voluntarily accessed the electronic communication.
- It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students (National Education Association).
- 1 in 7 students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
- 56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school
- 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
- 282,000 students are physically attached in secondary schools each month.
- Those in lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools.
- 90 percent of fourth through eighth graders report being victims of bullying.
- 86 percent of students said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them, or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.
- 54 percent of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in the school.
- According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drop out of school does so because of repeated bullying.
- Males are more likely to experience physical and/or verbal bullying whereas females are more likely to experience social and/or psychological bullying. Female and white students reported the most incidents of being the victims of bullying.
Source:Bureau of Justice Statistics, US Department of Health and Human Services, Cyberbullying Research Center
Bullying in Utah:
- Population of school-age children (5-18): 509, 163
- Victims: 38,544
- Victims/Bullies: 8,045
- ullies: 36,761
- Total estimate involved in bullying: 83,350
What Can We Do?
Time to Stop. Join the Watch. Expect Respect.
If You Are Being Harassed
- Talk to your parents or an adult you can trust, such as a teacher, school counselor, or principal. If the first adult you approach is not receptive, find another adult who will support and help you. There is someone who you can trust.
- It’s not useful to blame yourself for a bully’s actions. If bullies know they are getting to you, they are likely to torment you more. If at all possible, stay calm, say nothing and walk away. Act confident. Hold your head up, stand up straight, make eye contact, and walk confidently. A bully will be less likely to single you out if your project self-confidence.
- Try to make friends with other students. A bully is more likely to leave you alone if you are with your friends. This is especially true if you and your friends stick up for each other.
- Avoid situations where bullying can happen. If at all possible, avoid being alone with bullies. Be with someone when you walk home or use the restroom.
- Do not resort to violence or carry a gun or other weapon. Carrying a gun will not make you safer.
If Someone Else is Being Harassed
- Refuse to join in if you see someone being bullied.
- If you can do so without risk to your own safety, get a teacher, parent, or other responsible adult to come help immediately.
- Speak up and/or offer support to bullied teens when you witness bullying. If you feel you cannot do this at the time, privately support those being hurt with words of kindness or condolence later. Encourage them to tell someone.
- Always report harassment, even if it is anonymously.
Victims of cyber-harassment can be reached anytime and anyplace and often they do not know the perpetrator. Damage done by cyberbullies is equal to other forms of harassment. Some protective tips are:
- Make your user name and online profile anonymous.
- Don’t open or read mail by cyberbullies.
- Don’t erase messages and show them to an adult you trust.
- If you are threatened with harm, ask and adult to help you call the police.
What Are We Doing?
- November 9th & 10th – UCCU Family Festival
- November 13th – Provo City Council – reading of anti-bully proclamation