Learning from Student Voice: Bullying

by Sandy Shacklady-White

YouthTruth is a national nonprofit organization that was created in 2008 in a collaborative effort by the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The organization is based on the premise that the voices of those one is serving are powerful and by listening to those voices, change can happen for the betterment of the group.
In 2017, YouthTruth analyzed anonymous feedback from over 180,00 students in 37 states in grades 5 through 12 to better understand the impact of bullying. The key findings:
1. It is still true that 1 in 4 students are bullied.
a. 30% of females are bullied
b. 22% of males are bullied
c. 44% of students who identify in another way are bullied
2. Most bullying happens in person.
a. 73% verbal harassment
b. 54% social harassment
c. 28% physical bullying
d. 23% cyberbullying *Note: numbers do not add up to 100 because students could choose multiple options.
3. Out of 8 categories identified by the analysis, the top three reasons students believe they are bullied include:
a. Their appearance
b. Race or skin color
c. Sexual orientation
For further details on the survey, please access the full report at:

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