Research has shown that being a victim, perpetrator, or even a witness to bullying is associated with multiple behavioral, emotional, and social problems, including an increased risk for suicidal ideation.
According to the 2012 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey:
- 6th and 8th grade students were more likely to be bullied than 10th and 12th grade students, and 10th grade students were more likely than 12th graders to be bullied.
- More female students in all grades surveyed reported being bullied than male students.
- 8th and 10th grade students were more likely than 12th grade students to be harassed due to perceived
- 8th, 10th, and 12th grade females were more likely than males to be harassed with a computer or cell phone.
- 8th, 10th, and 12th grade males were more likely than females to be harassed due to perceived sexual
There are many people who can help deal with a bully, such as friends, older siblings, teachers, family members, counselors or parents. It is always easier if you talk to someone you know and trust. Ask a friend to go with you to help you feel more comfortable or write down what is going on and how you are feeling.
If you think the person you are talking to doesn’t believe you or isn’t taking you seriously, it is important to remember that this doesn’t mean your feelings aren’t valid or that you are overreacting. It is important that you tell someone else and continue to do so until you get the help you deserve.