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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012


Table 11.4.

Percentage distribution of students ages 12–18 who reported being bullied at school and cyber-bullied anywhere by the frequency of bullying at school during the school year, percentage of students who notified an adult, and selected student or school characteristics: 2009


Student or school characteristic Bullying at school   Cyber-bullying anywhere1
Distribution of the frequency of bullying incidents Adult notified2   Distribution of the frequency of bullying incidents Adult notified2  
Once or twice in the school year   Once or twice a month   Once or twice a week   Almost every day     Once or twice in the school year   Once or twice a month   Once or twice a week   Almost every day    
Total 67.2   18.7   7.8   6.3   36.3   67.4   16.6   10.4   5.6   31.5  
Sex                                        
Male 66.8   18.6   7.9   6.7   37.6   69.9   14.2   7.4 ! 8.4 ! 22.5  
Female 67.5   18.9   7.7   6.0   35.0   65.6   18.3   12.4   3.7 ! 37.8  
Race/ethnicity3                                        
White 66.9   19.2   8.7   5.2   33.3   67.6   18.1   12.3     30.0  
Black 71.9   15.0   4.7 ! 8.4 ! 42.0     19.1 !     44.2  
Hispanic 64.3   19.0   8.2   8.5   39.4   72.8       16.4 ! 31.8  
Asian                    
Other         48.8            
Grade                                        
6th 66.6   16.7   8.0   8.7   51.9            
7th 65.6   16.2   9.0   9.2   52.2   52.5   15.6 ! 17.7 ! 14.2 ! 38.0  
8th 61.0   22.5   8.6   7.9   37.2   63.2   17.1   10.2 ! 9.5 ! 39.5  
9th 69.4   19.2   8.3   3.1 ! 35.5   76.6   19.5     #   32.1  
10th 68.8   20.6   4.8 ! 5.7   21.1   65.5   17.2   11.0 !   24.4  
11th 64.7   19.0   11.9   4.4 ! 28.6   68.2   15.9 ! 15.8 ! #   27.9  
12th 77.1   15.8       20.0   84.0         21.5 !
Urbanicity4                                        
Urban 65.4   18.4   7.0   9.2   40.9   65.1   15.5 ! 7.3 ! 12.1 ! 32.3  
Suburban 67.9   19.7   8.1   4.4   34.5   70.1   17.5   10.3     27.1  
Rural 67.5   16.2   8.2   8.1   34.7   61.5   15.2 ! 15.7 !   47.1  
Sector                                        
Public 67.4   18.3   7.9   6.3   36.1   66.7   17.1   10.6   5.6   32.1  
Private 62.4   25.9     5.9 ! 38.8            
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 "Cyber-bullying" includes students who responded that another student posted hurtful information about the respondent on the Internet; students who responded that another student harassed the respondent via instant messaging; students who responded that another student harassed the respondent via Short Message Service (SMS) text messaging; students who responded that another student harassed the respondent via e-mail; students who responded that another student harassed the respondent while gaming, and students who responded that they were excluded on-line.
2 Teacher or other adult at school notified.
3 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Other includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, and, from 2003 onward, two or more races.
4 Refers to the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent’s household as defined in 2000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Categories include "central city of an MSA (Urban)," "in MSA but not in central city (Suburban)," and "not MSA (Rural)."
NOTE: "At school" includes the school building, on school property, on a school bus, or going to and from school. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. For more information, please see appendix A.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2009.
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