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What percentage of U.S. students get bullied at school each year?

  • 5% (2% people answered this)
  • 16% (5% people answered this)
  • 32% (34% people answered this)
  • 50% (57% people answered this)

878 people answered.


Correct answer is: 32%

In the school year of 2006–07, about 8 million students (ages 12 through 18) reported they were bullied at school. That's 32% -- or one third! -- of all students in that age range in the U.S. What can we do to stop school bullying and help our children grow up with healthy relationships?


Don't let your children suffer at the hands of bullies -- physically or verbally! My daughter missed a year from school because she was bullied for being pretty, and then nasty rumours went around -- these people casued her hell. I'm so lucky that she's still here: many parents are not so lucky. Schools need to admit that bullying does go on in their school and take steps to stop it!

How many U.S. children do you think are bullied each year in school?

From Amanda Todd's suicide to the shootings at Columbine, bullying has caused many tragic incidents over the years. The National Center for Education Statistics writes, "Bullying is now recognized as a widespread and often neglected problem in schools that has serious implications for victims of bullying and for those who perpetrate the bullying." 

Keep in mind that these are the reported cases of bullying. So many children never tell an adult, afraid of retaliation by the bullies -- or afraid that the adults can't help. (And this quiz doesn't even include cyber-bullying.) 

What can we do about bullying?

1. Learn to recognize the signs of bullying. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or online (harassing or threatening emails, text messages or posts). Here are some warning signs*:

  • Damaged or missing clothing or other personal belongings 
  • Unexplained bruises or other injuries 
  • Few friends or close contacts 
  • Reluctance to go to school or ride the school bus 
  • Poor school performance 
  • Headaches, stomachaches or other physical complaints 
  • Trouble sleeping or eating

2. Take it seriously. Encourage your child to share what's happening with you and be supportive by listening empathetically. Talk with your child about some ways to deal with bullying. Contact school officials and be persistent if the problem doesn't stop. In some cases, professional or school counseling might be necessary. 

(*Source: Mayo Clinic, "Bullying")

This quiz is based on the 2006 research findings of the National Center for Education Statistics. You can also read the full report


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