Rates of Student Bullying on the Decline
In 2013, about 22 percent of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied at school during the school year, which is lower than the percentage reported in every prior year’s School Crime Supplementto the National Crime Victimization Survey. In 2005, 2009 and 2011, the rate was 28 percent, and 32 percent in 2007.
Survey analysis from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) showed that these lower percentages were observed across several student statistics – both male and female students reported declines in bullying rates, but a higher percentage of females aged 12-18 reported being bullied at school compared to males (24 vs. 19 percent).
By race, White students faced a higher rate of bullying (24 percent) than Black students (20 percent), Hispanic students (19 percent) and Asian students (nine percent). By grade, 12th-graders reported the least amount of bullying (14 percent), compared with 28 percent of 6th-graders.
Information on risk factors for bullying and bullying prevention can be found at stopbullying.gov