Bullying, unfortunately, is a very prevalent occurrence in schools, especially in high school. A higher amount of females (23%) than male students (19%) report being bullied at school, while more males reported being physically bullied. Cyberbullying is a phenomenon that has been growing since 2007, nearly doubling in the past 10 years. Online bullying is harder for adults to take care of because only 40-50% of perpetrators are known, with the rest hiding behind an anonymous identity.
Children who experience bullying are at a higher risk of poor school performance, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Victims who experience the most bullying are unfortunately those with disabilities such as hearing impairments and learning disabilities. Those who are bullied regularly are 2.2 times more likely to commit suicide than students who are not bullied. Yet bullied youth report that having support from others does make a positive difference.