|Jun 28, 2012|
CDC study finds bullying incidents increased slightly in 2011
The recent Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance 2011 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 20.1 percent of high school students were bullied on school property in 2011. This represents a negligible increase from 19.9 percent in 2009. The study, which examines the health and safety risks of high schools students in America, polled students from public and private schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
According to the study, more white female students were bullied in 2011 than members of any other demographic, with 9th grade students reporting the highest number of bullying activities at 24.2 percent. The numbers dropped at each successive grade level. While the number of students bullied did not change drastically, these totals still represent far too many of the nation's youths.
In addition to the students bullied on school property, 16.2 percent of respondents reported being the victims of cyberbullying through email, text, instant messenge or social media websites. Again, white female students cited the largest number of incidents at 25.9 percent - more than any other demographic. However, 10th graders reported a larger percentage of online bullying incidents than any other grade level. The study did not provide electronic-based bullying statistics from previous years to compare with the 2011 results.
While the aforementioned numbers remained the same, the number of students who reported not having attended school due to fear of violence or other personal safety concerns increase from 5 percent to 5.9 percent from the 2009 to 2011 survey.
Though these numbers did not see significant increases, the slow change shows that bullying is still a major concern for students across the nation. Schools can help decrease incidents and improve students' feeling of security while in class, through bullying programs designed to educate and encourage prevention.
Another anti-bullying tool that schools can implement is uTip, the Bully Buster. Powered by e2Campus' award-winning software, uTip provides a safe, reliable and anonymous way for students to report a bully to school officials without fear of retribution. Officials can use this information to investigate and react swiftly, helping curb bullying incidents and discourage violence in their schools.