According to the American Society for the Positive Care of Children (American SPCC), 28% of children between 12-18 have reported be bullied. The CDC has released a study called the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance in 2013 which showed that 7% (range: 3.6% – 13.1%) of students “admit not going to school due to personal safety concerns.” The most common forms of bullying which students endure are physical and verbal aggression from their peers. Many students suffer from anxiety and depression as an effect.

“Children cannot get a quality education if they don’t first feel safe at school,” said Arne Dunan, U.S. Secretary of Education.

The U.S. Department of Justice released that “160,000 kids per day do not attend school for fear of being bullied.”

The American SPCC relates that according to National
Statistics on bullying 70.6% of young people say they have
witnessed bullying and 70.4% of tKeachers have seen bullying.

8 Steps to Prevent Bullying by KidPower.Org

  1. Act with awareness, calm, respect, and confidence.
  2. Leave in a powerful, positive way.
  3. Set boundaries about disrespectful or unsafe behavior.
  4. Use your voice.
  5. Protect your feelings from name-calling and hurtful
    behavior.
  6. Speak up for positive inclusion.
  7. Be persistent in getting help from busy adults.
  8. Use self-defense ONLY as a LAST RESORT.

Adult leadership should always stay aware, set a good
example, intervene to stop bad behavior, and teach personal safety skills to young people in their lives.