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​​​​​Who is affected and how many are at risk for bullying?

People of all ages can be bullied. Bullying may take place at home, school, or work.

  • A 2013 survey from the National Center for Education Statistics found that bullying continues to affect many school-aged children1: Slightly more than 1 out of 5 students in middle and high school experienced "traditional" bullying at school during the 2012–2013 school year. Six percent of students ages 12 to 18 reported that they had been pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on during the school year. Of these students, 22% reported being injured in the event.
  • The 2013 survey found that, during the same school year, 7% of students reported being cyberbullied.3
  • Data from the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that about 20% of U.S. students in grades 9 through 12 experienced bullying on school property within the last year.2

Citations

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  1. National Center for Education Statistics. (2016). Indicators of school crime and safety: 2015. Retrieved September 1, 2016, from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016079.pdf (PDF - 2.8 MB) [top]
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Youth risk behavior surveillance system. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 65, 6. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/pdf/2015/ss6506_updated.pdf (PDF - 2.91 MB) [top]
  3. National Center for Education Statistics. (2015). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2016, from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015072.pdf (PDF - 4.14 MB) [top]

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