The numbers behind bullying in Canada

There are many statistics about bullying to be shared but the most powerful one is that 75 per cent of people say that they have been affected by bullying, according to the anti-bullying organization PREVNet.

Although many schools and organizations are putting more resources into education and prevention of bullying, Canada still has higher rates than two thirds of the 34 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.

More than half of Canadian students report that bullying is a problem at their high school and 78 per cent of Canadians think that not enough is being done to stop bullying in their community, according to PREVNet.

The organization also states that 60 per cent of males who bully in schools have criminal records by the time they are 24.
PREVNet also has stats that show how much of an impact peers have on bullying. They state that peers are present in 90 per cent of bullying incidents. When peers intervene, there are very positive results – most incidents stop within 10 seconds. When peers don’t intervene, however, the audiences give the bully attention and social status as the bystanders learn the negative use of power in relationships.

According to Stop a Bully, the most common type of bullying reported is name calling and insults (63 per cent). Shoving and hitting is the second most common report, at 40 per cent. The other types of bullying reported are involving friends or peers (32 per cent), threats or intimidation (31 per cent), cyberbullying (30 per cent), spreading rumours (28 per cent), exclusion (20 per cent), fighting (20 per cent), sexual comments (15 per cent), homophobic comments (15 per cent), racist comments (12 per cent), cell phone messages (10 per cent), damaging property (nine per cent), disability comments (seven per cent), and weapon related (five per cent).

As for cyberbullying, PREVnet states that it continues to be a growing problem. More than a third of Canadian teens have seen cyberbullying take place and one in five teens have reported being victimized electronically. On top of that, 80 per cent of teens say they have seen racist or sexist content online.

According to statistics by Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing division, 90 per cent of parents are familiar with cyberbullying and 73 per cent are either very or somewhat concerned about it. According to their stats, two in five parents reported that their children have been involved in a cyberbullying incident. The study also found that 38 per cent of girls online have been bullied compared to 26 per cent of boys who are online. If you are on a social network, the chances of being cyberbullied are much higher – 39 per cent of teens who are on social networks have reported to being bullied, compared to 22 per cent of teens who are not on any social networks.

The most common form of cyberbullying is when someone takes a private e-mail, instant message or text message and forwards it to someone else or posts the communication publicly.
But it’s not just an issue for students. One in four educators have also reported being victims of electronic abuse. And educators see the harm in cyberbullying. The educators studied believe cyberbullying (76 per cent) to be as big of an issue as smoking (75 per cent) and drugs (75 per cent).