How Common Are Bullying and Fighting among High Schoolers?

How Common Are Bullying and Fighting among High Schoolers?

In 2013, US high school students took the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This infographic outlines some of the findings related to bullying and fighting.

In 2013, US high school students took the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This infographic outlines some of the findings related to bullying and fighting.

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In 2013, US high school students took the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This infographic outlines some of the findings related to bullying and fighting.

How Common Are Bullying and Fighting among High Schoolers?

In 2013, US high school students took the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This infographic outlines some of the findings.

20% of US high school students were bullied on school property[1]

Percent Who Were Bullied On School Property (during the 12 months before the survey) by Gender and Grade

Grade

Female

Male

Total

23.7

15.6

9th

29.2

20.8

10th

28.8

15.8

11th

20.3

13.1

12th

15.5

11.2

 

 

15% of students were electronically bullied[2]

Percent Who Were Electronically Bullied (during the 12 months before the survey) by Gender and Grade

Grade

Female

Male

Total

21.0

8.5

9th

22.8

9.4

10th

21.9

7.2

11th

20.6

8.9

12th

18.3

8.6

 

25% of students had been in a physical fight

3% of students had been injured in a physical fight[3]

Physical fights on school property have decreased since 1993…

8% of students had been in a physical fight on school property

Percent Who Were in a Physical Fight on School Property (one or more times during the 12 months before the survey) by Year

 

1993

1995

1997

1999

2001

2003

2005

2007

2009

2011

2013

Question

16.2

15.5

14.8

14.2

12.5

12.8

13.6

12.4

11.1

12.0

8.1

 

…But more kids are missing school because they feel unsafe (at school or on the way to or from school)

7% of students had missed school in the last 30 days

Percent Who Did Not Go to School Because They Felt Unsafe at School or on Their Way to or from School (on at least 1 day during the 30 days before the survey) by Year

 

1993

1995

1997

1999

2001

2003

2005

2007

2009

2011

2013

Question

4.4

4.5

4.0

5.2

6.6

5.4

6.0

5.5

5.0

5.9

7.1

 

Students who are bullied are more likely to have missed school in the last 30 days

16% of bullied students missed school due to safety concerns

Only 4% of students who had not been bullied missed school due to safety concerns

Students who experience multiple types of bullying are even more likely to miss school

Percent Who Missed School Because of Safety Concerns

Both in-person and electronic bullying

21.2

In-person bullying only

12.9

Electronic only

10.8

 

How can you stop bullying?

For schools:

  • Create anti-bullying policies and communicate them to staff, parents, and students
  • Integrate bullying prevention material into curriculum at all grade levels
  • Encourage students to stand up to bullies, report incidents, and support victims

For parents:

  • Talk with your child about what to do if they or someone they know is being bullied
  • Become familiar with your school’s anti-bullying policies and rules
  • Reach out to your school for help if you know a child who is involved in bullying

To learn more, visit: stopbullying.gov

 

[1] In the12 months before the survey was administered unless otherwise stated

[2] Being bullied through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, websites, or texting

[3] Injured in a physical fight and required treatment from a doctor or nurse

Sources:

2013 CDC YRBS Data, https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Default.aspx
Bullying and Absenteeism, CDC, http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/health_and_academics/pdf/fs_bullying_absenteeism.pdf 
For more resources, visit our resource guide: ChildrensSafetyNetwork.org/resource/bullying-prevention

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