October 12, 2012 6:24 am
Key survey findings from the survey include:
• Bullying based on physical appearance is dominant; 75 percent of respondents say they are bullied about their overall looks, weight, clothing or hair.
• In general, 58 percent of respondents say emotional bullying – such as spreading rumors or being ignored – is the most hurtful form of bullying. Only 15 percent of respondents say physical bullying – hitting, pushing – is the worst form of bullying.
• Bullying appears to be a vicious cycle, as 38 percent of respondents who have been bullied have also bullied someone else; 86 percent of respondents who consider themselves to be bullies have also been victims of bullying.
• More than half (51 percent) of self-proclaimed bullies have witnessed at least one of their parents involved in bullying, compared to only 30 percent of those who say they have not bullied anyone.
• There appears to be a disconnect in teen bullying, as 69 percent of teens say they do not bully others, yet more than 30 percent engage in behaviors deemed as bullying, such as gossiping, name-calling and teasing.
• Nearly three quarters (69 percent) of respondents say the impact of bullying lasts a lifetime, while 27 percent believe the effects of bullying eventually wear off.
• While 62 percent of respondents talk to their parents regularly about important issues, only 50 percent have talked to their parents about bullying.
• After hearing about others' experiences overcoming bullying, 73 percent of teens believe bullying has the potential to be stopped.
These findings show that young women clearly understand that actions such as name-calling and spreading rumors can cause significant pain, but many do not believe their personal involvement in these behaviors can hurt others. For more information, visit http://www.jedfoundation.org/programs/love-is-louder.
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