Facts About Bullying

  • Bullying includes repeated teasing, talking about hurting someone, spreading rumors, leaving someone out on purpose, attacking someone by yelling at them or hitting them.

  • Workplace bullying includes repeated unwarranted or invalid criticism, blame without factual justification, being treated differently than the rest of your work group, being sworn at, exclusion or social isolation, being shouted at or being humiliated, excessive monitoring or micromanaging and being given unrealistic work deadlines.

  • Victims of workplace bullying can experience significant physical and mental health problems, such as high-stress, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), financial problems due to absence, reduced self-esteem, musculoskeletal problems, phobias, sleep and digestive disturbances, increased depression and self blame and family tension and stress.

  • Bullying does not always happen in person. Cyber bullying is a type of bullying that happens over text message or online communication.

  • Bullying increases the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.

  • No state has ever passed a law about hazing or cyber bullying.

  • 42 percent of college students reported seeing someone being bullied by another student while about 8 percent reported bullying another student.

  • Almost 15 percent of students reported seeing a professor bully a student, but 4 only percent reported that a professor had bullied them.

  • 22 percent of college students reported being cyberbullied while 15 percent reported being bullied in person.

  • 38 percent of college students know someone who has been cyberbullied, while almost 9 percent admit having cyberbullied someone else.

  • Of college students who reported being cyberbullied, 25 percent reported being harassed through a social networking site, 21 percent reported that they received harmful text messages, 16 percent receiving harmful communication through e-mail and 13 percent through instant messages.