Are Children Bullying or Becoming Bullies?

Bullying has always been a serious problem, but only recently it has attracted such keen attention from government.  According to bullying statistics, more than 200 million children all over the world are being harassed, and not only at school.  These sad bullying statistics force government to take actions to reduce harassing behavior among children and teenagers. Indeed, the consequences of bullying can be more than sad both for children and their parents.  Not only are children willing to skip their studies, but also they show all forms of psychotic symptoms, depressions, suicidal tendencies, which often enough results in physical manifestations.  What’s worse, the consequences of bullying usually persist into adolescence and even adulthood.

The bullying statistics researched in 2012 shows that today almost a half of all American children are bullied at some point, and about 10% of them are constantly harassed either at school or online.  Children are bullied from the earliest age, but kids of 11 to 14 years suffer from bullying the most.

In order to protect themselves, over 100,000 of kids take guns and other weaponry to school.  One in four of these kids are being constantly harassed at home as well.  More than 160,000 students skipped their studies due to constant cases of harassment or physical abuse.  Each and every month, over 250,000 students are being physically harassed at schools and colleges.  This is the main problem that has been discussed so many times in the recent research made in the field of bullying statistics.

On the flip side, bullies should also be regarded as victims.  More often than not, young bullies are the victims of home abuse.  Many victims of bullying and cyber bullying admit that they have participated in some forms of physical or mental harassment.  Following the pattern they see at home, bullies harass other kids.  By their early thirties, 20% of bullies have criminal records.

Bullying statistics only shows how serious the problem of bullying is.  The sad truth is that almost a half of victims never report the cases of harassment to their parents, teachers or other authorities.  As for example, the events of bullying occur every 7 minutes at the playgrounds, but only 15% of children report these events to authorities or try to intervene the fighting.  Almost every hour a child attempts to commit suicide because of bullying or physical harassment.  It means that more than 19,000 children make such attempts each and every year.

As for the fights and physical harassment, 46% of boys and 25% of girls have been involved in bullying activities which resulted into fights.  Revenge is the main reason for teenagers to commit crimes, such as shooting or even homicide.

California, Illinois, Washington, New York and Pennsylvania are the states where events of bullying, cyber bullying, and physical harassment occur most frequently.

The worst thing about bullying as discussed in bullying statistics is that today children still feel uncomfortable about reporting the cases of bullying or physical harassment, and it is especially so when a victim is abused at home.  This makes it impossible for teachers and authorities to intervene the most difficult cases of bullying and physical harassment.  Still, it is very important to understand that both the victim and the bully need psychological help.

It may be hard to prevent bullying even when you already know that you child is harassed.  But it is close to impossible to protect our children not knowing they are the targets of bullying, cyber bullying, or physical harassment.  It is in our responsibility to pay more attention to our own kids, and to the children at streets.  The only way to influence bullying statistics in a positive way and to make this world a better place is to show our children that they can trust us and, consequently, each other.   Surely, kids prefer to keep their secrets rather than to share them with adults.  This is why they never tell the truth about such humiliating things as bullying, abuse and harassment.  But you don’t need to be a psychologist to understand that something is wrong with your own child.


My next source of information and research for you will be regarding adults in the workplace and in their daily lives also encountering bullying.  Does it happen often?  More than you may realize!  My next post will speak to these.






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