By Tara Gibson - November 21, 2019
Bullying and cyberbullying have been prevalent in K-12 schools and districts for years. Although some would hope bullying rates had dropped with the increase of awareness, that is unfortunately not the case. Bullying and cyberbullying events have actually stayed relatively the same in the past few years, which is why school communities are ramping up their efforts to address, prevent, and stop bullying in schools. Many students are also reluctant to come forward, which means the rates of bullying could be higher than many think.
Unfortunately, most bullying happens in middle schools. Below are a few shocking statistics from StopBullying.Gov:
After three years of surveying their students, the Quincy Junior High School in Washington saw a dramatic increase of bullying and their Principal Scott Ramsay explained, “This was not data that could be ignored”, according to YouthTruth. The percentage of students who had experienced bullying in school jumped from 28% to a shocking 46% in just 3 years. Because of this, the school identified bullying prevention as a priority and were motivated to make a change.
The school did three things to address the large increase of bullying incidents:
K-12 schools and districts are continually looking for innovative ways to prevent and address bullying and cyberbullying. A valuable tool for some schools is an anonymous two-way tip texting system, which allows students to report any bullying events anonymously to the appropriate school administrator.
Students can be reluctant to report bullying of either themselves or somebody else. Bullying No Way explains, “Research has found that students often do not report bullying because they fear not being believed or not having their concerns appropriately and thoughtfully addressed by relevant adults”. Having a technology in place that allows for anonymity and directs reports of bullying to a teacher or administrator is extremely useful, and students will likely feel more comfortable coming forward.
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Tara is a Marketing Coordinator on the Rave Mobile Safety marketing team. She loves writing about all things K-12 education, and manages the Rave social media channels. When she's not working, she's taking care of her smiley, shoe eating, Instagram-famous fur baby, Enzo!
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