Proof in the Numbers…

So with any research, you look for statistics to back up your claim.  I turned to the site for more information on the matter.  According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice; “160,000 kids per day do not attend school for fear of being bullied.”  In 2013, 1 in every 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school.  70.6% of young people say they have witnessed bullying in their schools.  Surprisingly, 30% of young people have admitted to bullying others.  With numbers like these, we clearly see that bullying is ever present in our schools.  We have to step in and do more to make our children feel safe at school and home.  One statistic that stood out and really shook me was that when bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.  This shows that we need more educational programs to teach our youth what bullying is, and how to handle it.  If we give the knowledge, our victims will have a voice and our bullies will think twice knowing everyone is watching.  I also believe that we should include the parents in on the bully knowledge so they are aware of what to monitor for and how to handle bullying situations.  This is an all around group effort.

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