As I reviewed the Canadian facts that are related to Bullying in our communities and education centres, it made me empathetic towards the individuals that deal with this terrible issue on a daily basis. This has become an epidemic in large proportiions and it makes me feel sick to think that such a large portion of our youth today are subjected to this abuse many times each and every day, and in so many ways. As much as Technology is enhancing our day to day lives, it is also providing the vehicle for easy access and ability to engage in many types of Bullying opportunities.
We as adults and parents, need to be more aware of just what youth are engaging in every day, and the alarming statistics tell the story. I read this information and was shocked with the results the surveys concluded.
CANADIAN BULLYING STATISTICS
A study on bullying by the University of British Columbia, based on 490 students (half female, half male) in Grades 8-10 in a B.C. city in the winter of 1999, showed:
- » 64 per cent of kids had been bullied at school.
- » 12 per cent were bullied regularly (once or more a week).
- » 13 per cent bullied other students regularly (once or more a week).
- » 72 per cent observed bullying at school at least once in a while.
- » 40 per cent tried to intervene.
- » 64 per cent considered bullying a normal part of school life.
- » 20-50 per cent said bullying can be a good thing (makes people tougher, is a good way to solve problems, etc.).
- » 25-33 per cent said bullying is sometimes OK and/or that it is OK to pick on losers.
- » 61-80 per cent said bullies are often popular and enjoy high status among their peers.
Source: Centre For Youth Social Development, UBC Faculty of Education
- 1 in 5 Canadian Teens have witnessed online Bullying
- 25% of kids between 12-15 have witnessed cyberbullying
- 25% of girls and 17% of boys have witnessed online harassment
- 51% of all teens have had negative experience with social networking
- 16% said someone posted an embarassing photo of them
- 12% said someone hacked their account
Source: Ipsos Reid 2011 Survey of 416 Canadian Teenagers
Canada Bullying Statistics and Facts:
- Punching, shoving, teasing, spreading bad rumours, keeping certain people out of a group, getting certain people to "gang-up" on others are all forms of bullying
- One in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying
- 25% of children in grades 4 to 6 have been bullied
- Bullying occurs once every 7 minutes on the playground and once every 25 minutes in the classroom
- In majority of cases, bullying stops within 10 seconds when peers intervene, or do not support the bullying behaviour
- Adults who were bullied as children are more likely to suffer from depression in adulthood.
- * Between 10% and 15% of high school students are victims.
- * 11% of secondary students bully other youngsters at least once a year.
- * 31% of students say they would participate in the bullying of a young dislikes.
Source: Craig &. Pepler, 1997
* 90% of parents are familiar with cyberbullying; 73% are either very or somewhat concerned about it.
* 2 in 5 parents report their child has been involved in a cyberbullying incident; 1 in 4 educators have been cyber-harassment victims.
* 73% of educators are familiar with the issue and 76% believe cyberbullying is a very or somewhat serious problem at their school.
* Educators consider cyberbullying (76%) as big an issue as smoking (75%) and drugs (75%).
The study adds that "the most commonly experienced form of cyberbullying
is when someone takes a private email, IM, or text message and forwards it to someone
else or posts the communication publicly"
*38% of girls online report being bullied, compared with 26% of online boys.
* Nearly 4 in 10 social network users (39%) have been cyberbullied, compared with 22% of online teens who do not use social networks (all from
Source: Microsoft's Truthyworthy Computing division