Bullying Statistics and Prevention
As many as 15-25% of children have been bullied at some time, so that schools have recognized an obligation to address this issue. Coping with bullying is widely recognized as preventing psychological harm that stems from bullying. There are three victims in this behavior: the bully who is acting out insecurities and perhaps entering into a lifelong pattern of counterproductive behavior; the victim whose underlying insecurities or conditions may be exacerbated, possibly leading to long-term problems; and the subtle participants, the peer group, who themselves are learning to cope (or fail to cope) with a variety of behaviors. Psychologists widely recommend that bullying be treated not just as a matter of "civil order," akin to childhood assault and battery, but as a developmental issue, one among many that affect adolescents.
Increasing incidents of cyberbullying are now taking place. Victims are intimidated by others using the internet and cell phones. Often bullies start harmful rumors about their victims. Frequently, they use another peer's name. This behavior is most prevalent among teens, but can be found in the upper elementary grades. This type of bullying is particularly difficult to stop since it can be difficult to identify the culprit.