Talking Points for Bullying Prevention
Talking Points from the Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center (https://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/facts.asp)
- According to the Center for Disease Control, students who are bullied are more likely to experience low self-esteem and isolation, perform poorly in school, have few friends in school, have a negative view of school, experience physical symptoms (such as headaches, stomachaches, or problems sleeping), and to experience mental health issues (such as depression, suicidal thoughts, and anxiety) (Center for Disease Control, Bullying Surveillance Among Youths, 2014).
- Bullying affects witnesses as well as targets. Witnesses are more likely to use tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs; have increased mental health problems; and miss or skip school (StopBullying.gov).
- Students who engage in bullying behavior, both online and offline, face a greater risk for substance abuse problems, mental health issues, difficulties in relationships and school performance, and likelihood to be convicted of a criminal offense and engage in violent behavior by the time they are adults (Center for Disease Control, 2015).
- Students have a unique power to prevent bullying. More than half of bullying situations (57 percent) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied (Hawkins, Pepler, & Craig, 2001) .