Bullying is:

  • Unwanted and repeated verbal or physical behavior.

  • Unwanted or repeated written behavior including social media, text messages, email, and hand written messages.

  • Any threatening, insulting, or dehumanizing gesture that:
    -is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile environment.
    -causes discomfort or humiliation.
    -unreasonably interferes with educational performance or participation.

  • Simply: Bullying hurts inside and out.

By the Numbers:

Face to Face Bullying:

  • Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying
  • Approximately 160,000 teens skip school everyday because of bullying
  • 30% of young people admit to bullying others.
  • 70.6% of students report seeing bullying at their school
  • 70.4% of school staff have seen bullying.  62% witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.
  • 56% of students grades K-12 are either a bully or a victim of bullying
  • 1 in 4 teachers will intervene in only 4% of bullying incidents
  • Only about 20-30% of students who are bullied notify adults.


  • In 2011, 2.2 million students reported experiencing cyber-bullying; up from 1.5 million in 2009.
  • Most studies conclude that girls are more likely to be victims of cyberbullying
  • Eleventh and twelfth graders report among the highest rates of experiences with cyberbullying
  • Cyberbullying victims are eight times as likely as non-victims to report carrying a weapon at school
  • 65% of kids who report being victims of cyberbullying also say they are bullied at school
  • 84% of cyberbullying victims reported they were bullied by someone they knew
  • Out of 15,000 students surveyed
    -24% Say they have been cyberbullied at some point in their lifetimes.

    -16% admitted that they had cyberbullied others at some point in their lifetime.‚Äč

By Proactive:

Be Kind:

  • Smile: it may be the only one that person receives that day.
  • Include others: there is never a reason to leave someone out.
  • Decide yourself: do not form opinions based on rumors; learn the truth.
  • Promote change: one person can make a difference

Be Aware:

  • Do not ignore the problem.
  • Do not try and sort it out.
  • Do not place blame.
  • Call, text, or email the SpeakOut Hotline anonymously:
  • Report to an administrator, supervisor, or other adult.

Bullying ends where kindness begins; it begins with you.