Nothing like timing.
Just as I was sitting down to write a story on what we’ve learned from 40 years of research on bullying, comes news that bullying — at least at school — may be on the decline.
The U.S. Department of Education is hailing what it calls the “first significant decrease” in school-based bullying since the federal government started gathering such data back in 2005.
About 22% of students ages 12 to 18 reported they were bullied at school during the school year in 2013. That’s down from a range of 28% to 32% of students who reported being bullied at school in previous surveys dating back to 2005, according to data from the Education Department’s National Center for Education Statistics.
While any decline is certainly welcome news for students, parents, educators and administrators, the 22% figure still means that more than 2 of every 10 students are being bullied at school. And those numbers don’t include kids who don’t report the bullying, or students who are being bullied away from school grounds.
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