If it seems like bullying in schools is getting worse, you are probably right. School bullying at all levels of elementary and high school is increasing, and even the preschool level is beginning to see the effects of bullying and teasing. According to a recent study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics (2010) , new bullying statistics for 2010 revealed about one in seven students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade is either a bully or has been a victim of bullying or both.
Additionally, as our children become increasingly more technology savvy, episodes of cyberbullying are also on the rise. Cyberbullying statistics from the i-SAFE Foundation report that more than one in three young people have experienced “cyberthreats” online, and over 25% of adolescents and teens have been bullied on their cell phones.
As the issue of bullying becomes more prevalent, many schools are implementing violence prevention programs. Certain categories of the Americn Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds can be used to purchase program materials and resources to address bullying, peer abuse, conflict resolution, and character education. The Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative is a unique Federal grant-making program designed to prevent violence and substance abuse in our schools and communities.
Many schools are also getting creative to find funding from different sources. There are several civic and fraternal organizations that offer grants and funding opportunities such as Kiwanas International, Lions Clubs International, Rotary International, United Way of America, and the U.S. Jaycees. Check with your local organizations in your community to support an anti-bullying campaign in your school.
If you have a great anti-bullying program in your community, share it with us. We’d love to hear from you.