Have you been bullied?
Have you bullied someone?
Have you witnessed bullying?
100% of teenagers have answered yes to at least one of these three questions.
Canadian Bullying Statistics
Canada has the 9th highest rate of bullying in the 13-years-olds category on a scale of 35 countries.
At least 1 in 3 adolescent students in Canada have reported being bullied recently
Among adult Canadians, 38% of males and 30% of females reported having experienced occasional or frequent bullying during their school years.
47% of Canadian parents report having a child victim of bullying.
- Any participation in bullying increases risk of suicidal ideas in youth.
- Girls are more likely to be bullied on the Internet than boys.
- 7% of adult Internet users in Canada, age 18 years and older, self-reported having been a victim of cyber-bullying at some point in their life.
- The most common form of cyber-bullying involved receiving threatening or aggressive e-mails or instant messages, reported by 73% of victims.
- 40% of Canadian workers experience bullying on a weekly basis.
The Impact of Bullying
Bullying has a negative impact on everyone involved--the target, the bully, and the bystanders.
Impact on students who are bullied
Students who are bullied are more likely to:
- feel disconnected from school and not like school
- have lower academic outcomes, including lower attendance and completion rates
- lack quality friendships at school
- display high levels of emotion that indicate vulnerability and low levels of resilience
- be less well accepted by peers, avoid conflict and be socially withdrawn
- have low self-esteem
- have depression, anxiety, feelings of loneliness and isolation
- have nightmares
- feel wary or suspicious of others
- have an increased risk of depression and substance abuse
- in extreme cases, have a higher risk of suicide. However, the reasons why a person may be at risk of suicide are extremely complicated.
Contributing factors to being bullied may include:
- family problems
- history of trauma
- belonging to a minority group, where isolation or lack of community support is an issue.
Impact on bullies
Students who frequently bully others are more likely to:
- feel disconnected from school and dislike school
- get into fights, vandalize property and leave school early.
- In addition, recent Victorian research has shown that bullying perpetration in Year 10 is associated with an increased likelihood of theft, violent behavior, and binge drinking.
Impact on bystanders
Students who witness bullying may:
- be reluctant to attend school
- feel fearful or powerless to act and guilty for not acting
- have increased mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
- have increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs.
Impact on schools
When bullying continues and a school does not take action, the entire school climate and culture can be negatively affected. This impacts on student learning and engagement, staff retention and satisfaction and parental confidence in the school, which can lead to:
- the school developing an environment of fear and disrespect
- students experiencing difficulty learning
- students feeling insecure
- students disliking school
- students perceiving that teachers and staff have little control and don't care about them