October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
According to the CDC, about 1 in 5 high school students were bullied at school and 1 in 6 were bullied electronically in the last year.
No single factor puts a child at risk of being bullied or bullying others. Bullying can happen anywhere—cities, suburbs, or rural towns. Depending on the environment, some groups—such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered (LGBT) youth, youth with disabilities, and socially isolated youth – may be at increased risk of being bullied.
Bullying is a serious public health problem. Victimized youth are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, substance misuse, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment. Youth who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence later in adolescence and adulthood. Compared to youth who only bully, or who are only victims, bully-victims suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavioral problems.