Bullying behavior can contribute to lower attendance rates, lower student achievement, low self-esteem and depression, as well as higher rates of both juvenile and adult crime, according to Bullying in Schools author Ron Banks.
One of the most common methods for identifying a potential bullying problem in a school is a student survey. In 2011, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's PA Youth Survey (PAYS) asked students a series of eight questions about bullying at school and internet safety. Below are some results from that survey:
- More than one half of Pennsylvania students (50.3%) reported that other students tell lies about them or spread false rumors
- 41.7% of Pennsylvania students have been called names or teased
- 32.9% of Pennsylvania students have been left out of things on purpose
- 15.9% of Pennsylvania students have been hit, kicked, pushed, or shoved in the past year
- 19.8% of Pennsylvania students have had other students take their money or damage their things
- 12.3% of Pennsylvania students report having been sexually harassed on the internet
- 12.1% of Pennsylvania students report that other students have used “the internet or a cell phone to threaten or embarrass them”
- Male students are more likely than female students to report physical forms of bullying. For example, 19.5% of male students reported having been hit, kicked, pushed, or shoved, compared to 12.5% of female students.
- In contrast, female students are more likely to report non-physical forms of bullying. For example, 38.2% of female students reported having been left out of things on purpose, compared to 27.7% of male students.
- The percetage of youth reporting sexual harrasment in the internet peaks in 10th grade, with 15% of students
Below are the full findings of the 2011 PAYS on bullying.
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Pushed Around is witf's project on bullying. It is supported by Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.