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Jack Buckley
Commissioner, National Center for Education Statistics

Major Findings from "Student Reports of Bullying and Cyber-Bullying: Results From the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey"
September 22, 2011

Commissioner Jack Buckley's Briefing Slides MS PowerPoint (1.2 MB)
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Student Reports of Bullying and Cyber-Bullying: Results From the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCES 2011-336)

On September 21, 2011, Jack Buckley, the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) presented some major findings from the most recent national data on bullying in schools and cyber-bullying anywhere at the second annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit in Washington, DC. This two-day event was hosted by the U.S. Department of Education in partnership with eight other federal agencies. Both government and nongovernmental organizations discussed recent efforts to identify the next steps for continued progress in combating bullying in schools.

“This summit shines a light on the issue of bullying and cyber-bullying. Our data show 28 percent of students ages of 12 through 18 were bullied at school in the 2008-2009 school year,” Buckley said. “We’re pleased to contribute data and information that assist policymakers, as well as researchers and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels, in making informed decisions about this serious issue.”

The major findings presented at the Bullying Prevention Summit came from the analysis of the recently released NCES web tables report, “Student Reports of Bullying and Cyber-Bullying: Results From the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.” The School Crime Supplement collects information about student victimization, crime, and safety at school. A national survey of approximately 6,500 students ages 12-18 participated in the survey by providing self-reported information. The data include private and public school students in grades 6 through 12 for the 2008-2009 school year.

The web tables report on bullying and cyber-bullying was first released last month, and some findings included:

  • About 28 percent of students ages 12 through 18 reported they were bullied at school during the 2008-09 school year.
  • During the 2008-09 school year, the percentage of all students ages 12 through 18 who reported that they were bullied decreased as grade level increased between grades 6 and 12, from 39.4 percent in grade 6 to 20.4 percent in grade 12.
  • A higher percentage of students ages 12 through 18 who reported being bullied at school during the 2008-09 school year feared that someone would attack or harm them at school or on the way to or from school (10.8 percent), compared to students who were not bullied (1.7 percent).
  • About 6 percent of students ages 12 through 18 reported they were cyber-bullied (anywhere) during the 2008-09 school year.
  • A higher percentage of students ages 12 through 18 who reported being cyber-bullied anywhere during the 2008-09 school year reported having been engaged in a physical fight at school (15.6 percent), compared to students who were not cyber-bullied (5.1 percent).
  • A higher percentage of students ages 12 through 18 who reported being cyber-bullied anywhere skipped school during the 2008-09 school year (4.0 percent), compared to students who were not cyber-bullied (0.4 percent).

Commissioner Jack Buckley's Briefing Slides MS PowerPoint (1.2 MB)
Major Findings Adobe Acrobat (62.1 KB)

Visit the information page for this web tables report.

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