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Bullying is an issue that can bring national notoriety to even the smallest school. With new social media outlets and camera-enabled cellphones in the hands of students, bullying is not only easier for students to commit, it can also be broadcasted on the internet within minutes.
Research shows that bullying activities are almost common enough to be considered a regular factor of the modern education environment. According to bullying statistics from national anti-bullying and cyberbullying program STOMP Out Bullying:
- 1 in 4 teenagers reports having been bullied.
- 1 in 5 admits to having engaged in some bullying activities themselves.
- Majority of students between ages 12-17 report an increase in violence at school in recent years.
- Youth violence is more common and frequent on school property than on the way to school.
These trends are having an impact on overall education. Separate research, conducted by the American Sociological Association, shows that bullying victims experience a significant decline in long-term academic performance, especially among those who were performing well prior to being victimizing.
More Facts About Bullying
In its study of 9,590 students, the ASA found these facts about bullying:
- All students bullied in 10th grade saw 12th-grade grade-point average (GPA) decrease by .049 points.
- African American students who had a 3.5 GPA when they were bullied in 10th grade saw 12th-grade GPA decrease by 0.3 points.
- Latin American students who had a 3.5 GPA and were bullied in 10th grade saw 12th-grade GPA drop by 0.5 points.
Today, bullying activities have been extended beyond the playground. The internet has emerged as the new frontier for educators looking to protect their students from the academic and psychological effects of cyberbullying. So far, the trend has continued to rise and the bullying statistics are hard to ignore. According to STOMP Out Bullying:
- 43% of teenagers have been bullied online.
- 1 in 4 has been cyberbullied more than once.
- 35% of teenagers have been threatened online.
- 1 in 5 has been threatened over the web more than once.
- 97% of middle school students report being bullied over the internet.
Fortunately, technology can be used for bully prevention efforts as well. One issue many educators have encountered in their attempts to eradicate bullying activities is a reluctance to step forward among witnesses. Many students, perhaps out of fear of retaliation from the bully or ridicule from classmates, refrain from reporting instances of bullying. This only fuels the fire, because a bully is more likely to continue his or her behavior if it goes unreported and subsequently ignored by administrators.
With the uTip bullying notification solution from e2Campus, educators and administrators can give students and faculty the tool to report bullying through anonymous text messages. With uTip, administrators can get to the root of the bullying problem immediately, acting off text-message tips, rather than lose valuable time investigating the matter.