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Who We Are


Value Statement


Student Bully Prevention Services (Student BPS) is a grass roots body of women and men committed to proactively address the issue of bullying to create safer schools and enhance the academic experience.

Mission Statement


Student BPS will increase the on-site presence of adults to make school campuses safer.

Problem Statement


Approximately 32 percent of students report being bullied at school. Bullied students are more likely to take a weapon to school, get involved in physical fights, and suffer from anxiety and depression, health problems, and mental health problems. They suffer academically (especially high-achieving African American and Latino students). And research suggests that schools where students report a more severe bullying climate score worse on standardized assessments than schools with a better climate.

    Conclusive research has shown:

    • Prevalence:
      1. Between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. Many fewer have been cyberbullied.
      2. Most bullying happens in middle school. The most common types are verbal and social bullying.
      3. Some schools are averaging 1-2 fights per weeks
    • Effects:
      1. Bullying affects all youth, including those who are bullied, those who bully others, and those who see bullying going on. Some effects may last into adulthood. See more on the effects of bullying.
    • Group Phenomenon:
      1. Bullying is not usually a simple interaction between a student who bullies and a student who is bullied. Instead, it often involves groups of students who support each other in bullying other students.
    • Changing Roles:
      1. There is not a single profile of a young person involved in bullying. Youth who bully can be either well connected socially or marginalized, and may be bullied by others as well. Similarly, those who are bullied sometimes bully others. Youth who both bully others and are bullied are at greatest risk for subsequent behavioral, mental health, and academic problems.
    • Disconnect Between Adults and Youth:
      1. There is often a disconnect between young people's experience of bullying and what the adults see. Also, adults often don't know how to respond when they do recognize bullying.

Who Is At Risk


    No single factor puts a child at risk of being bullied or bullying others. Bullying can happen anywhere - cities, suburbs, or rural towns. Depending on the environment, some groups - such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LBGTQ) youth, youth with disabilities, youth who appear to befriend another youth that a certain group or person doesn't like and socially isolated youth - may be at an increased risk of being bullied.

    Children at Risk of Being Bullied

    Generally, children who are bullied have one or more of the following risk factors:

    However, even if a child has these risk factors, it doesn't mean that they will be bullied.

    • Are perceived as different from their peers, such as being overweight or underweight, wearing glasses or different clothing, being new to a school, or being unable to afford what kids consider "cool"
    • Are perceived as weak or unable to defend themselves
    • Are depressed, anxious, or have low self esteem
    • Are less popular than others and have few friends
    • Do not get along well with others, seen as annoying or provoking, or antagonize others for attention
    • Prefers not to hang out with the "popular" kids

    There are two types of kids who are more likely to bully others:

    Children who have these factors are also more likely to bully others;

    • Some are well-connected to their peers, have social power, are overly concerned about their popularity, and like to dominate or be in charge of others.
    • Others are more isolated from their peers and may be depressed or anxious, have low self esteem, be less involved in school, be easily pressured by peers, or not identify with the emotions or feelings of others.
    • Are aggressive or easily frustrated
    • Have less parental involvement or having issues at home
    • Think badly of others
    • Have difficulty following rules
    • View violence in a positive way
    • Have friends who bully others

    Remember, those who bully others do not need to be stronger or bigger than those they bully. The power imbalance can come from a number of sources-popularity, strength, cognitive ability-and children who bully may have more than one of these characteristics.

     

Effects Of Bullying


    Bullying can affect everyone-those who are bullied, those who bully, those who witness bullying, parent guardians, siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. It is important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying-or something else-is a concern.

    Kids Who are Bullied

    Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:

    • Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
    • Health complaints
    • Decreased academic achievement-GPA and standardized test scores-and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
    • A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.

    Kids Who Bully Others

    Kids who bully others can also engage in violent and other risky behaviors into adulthood. Kids who bully are more likely to:
     

    • Abuse alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults
    • Get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of school
    • Engage in early sexual activity
    • Have criminal convictions and traffic citations as adults
    • Be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses, or children as adults

    Bystanders

    Kids who witness bullying are more likely to:

    • Have increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs
    • Have increased mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
    • Miss or skip school

    The Relationship between Bullying and Suicide

    Media reports often link bullying with suicide. However, most youth who are bullied do not have thoughts of suicide or engage in suicidal behaviors.

    Although kids who are bullied are at risk of suicide, bullying alone is not the cause. Many issues contribute to suicide risk, including depression, problems at home, and trauma history. Additionally, specific groups have an increased risk of suicide, including American Indian and Alaskan Native, Asian American, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. This risk can be increased further when these kids are not supported by parents, peers, and schools. Bullying can make an unsupportive situation worse