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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012
NCES 2013-036
2013


Table 7.3.

Percentage of public schools reporting selected types of cyber-bullying problems occurring at school or away from school daily or at least once a week, by selected school characteristics: School year 2009–10


School characteristic Cyber-bullying among students   School environment is affected by cyber-bullying   Staff resources are used to deal with cyber-bullying  
All public schools 7.9   4.4   3.8  
School level1            
Primary 1.5   0.9 ! 0.9 !
Middle 18.6   9.8   8.5  
High school 17.6   9.9   8.6  
Combined 12.6   7.4 !  
Enrollment size            
Less than 300 4.8   3.2 ! 2.9 !
300–499 4.6   2.8   2.7  
500–999 9.3   4.6   3.7  
1,000 or more 19.2   10.7   9.4  
Locale            
City 5.7   3.8   3.6  
Suburban 8.5   4.0   3.7  
Town 9.6   5.8   4.1  
Rural 8.4   4.5   4.0  
Percent combined enrollment of Black,
     Hispanic, Asian/Pacific
     Islander, or American
     Indian/Alaska Native students
           
Less than 5 percent 12.8   7.7   4.7  
5 percent to less than 20 percent 10.1   5.1   4.7  
20 percent to less than 50 percent 6.7   3.6   3.9  
50 percent or more 5.3   3.1   2.8  
Percent of students eligible for
     free or reduced-price lunch
           
0–25 10.8   5.0   4.9  
26–50 9.7   4.3   3.4  
51–75 6.8   4.9   4.1  
76–100 4.5   3.3   3.0  
Student/teacher ratio2            
Less than 12 6.8   4.1   3.5  
12–16 7.4   4.0   3.8  
More than 16 8.7   4.8   3.9  
Prevalence of violent incidents3            
No violent incidents 2.4 !    
Any violent incidents 9.9   5.6   5.1  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the CV is 50 percent or greater.
1 Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. High schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 12. Combined schools include all other combinations of grades, including K–12 schools.
2 Student/teacher ratio was calculated by dividing the total number of students enrolled in the school by the total number of full-time-equivalent (FTE) teachers. Information regarding the total number of FTE teachers was obtained from the Common Core of Data (CCD), the sampling frame for SSOCS.
3 "Violent incidents" include rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with or without a weapon, threat of physical attack or fight with or without a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon.
NOTE: "Cyber-bullying" was defined for respondents as "occurring when willful and repeated harm is inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, or other electronic devices." Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. “At school” was defined for respondents to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to respond only for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2010.
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