Bullying is one of the most prevalent problems in both public and college prep boarding schools. Bullying has existed for decades, but in recent years, growing awareness of the harmful effects of bullying has led to increased prevention efforts throughout the education system. Wasatch Academy is unique in that it has significantly lower — if not completely obsolete — rates of bullying among students. At Wasatch Academy, we’re dedicated to keeping bullying behaviors off of our campus. How do we do this? It all starts with being informed about how frequently bullying happens — and why.`
Recent surveys report that 70.6 percent of students have witnessed bullying in their public or college prep boarding schools. Forty-nine percent of students from grades 4-12 reported that other students at their schools had bullied them at least once in the past month. On average, 30 percent of students admit to bullying someone else.
Parents and teachers may not be aware of the extent of bullying that takes place in schools. Sixty-four percent of children who are bullied don’t report the behavior to an adult. Sadly, the World Health Organization shows that despite these seemingly high statistics, the amount of bullying in the United States ranks as average when compared to other countries.
Types of Bullying
Verbal and social bullying are the most common forms of bullying within student bodies. A survey of middle school students showed that 44.2 percent experienced name calling, 43.4 percent were teased and 36.3 percent had other students spread rumors or lies about them.
Cyberbullying, bullying that takes place on cell phones or online, is currently the least frequently used form of bullying. However, it is quickly growing. About 15 percent of students in high school say they have been bullied electronically in the past year.
Where Bullying Happens
The majority of bullying takes place in and around schools. Middle school students report that most bullying happens in the classroom and in hallways, with 29 percent of students saying they were bullied in these areas. Other areas where students report being bullied include the cafeteria, gym or PE class, bathrooms and the playground.
When public and college prep boarding schools introduce school-sponsored programs dedicated to preventing bullying, bullying behaviors decrease by up to 25 percent. The power to stop bullying rests largely with individual students. About 57 percent of bullying stops within 10 seconds when a student intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied.