Bullying Stats from Australia

Approximately one in four Year 4 to Year 9 Australian students (27%) reported being bullied every few weeks or more often (considered to be frequent) in a national study in 2009.

Frequent school bullying was highest among Year 5 (32%) and Year 8 (29%) students.

83% of students who bully others online also bully others in person.

84% of students who were bullied online were also bullied in person.

Peers are present as onlookers in 87% of bullying interactions, and play a central role in the bullying process.

Hurtful teasing was the most prevalent of all bullying behaviours experienced by students, followed by having hurtful lies told about them.

Online bullying appears to be related to age (or access to technology), with secondary students more likely to engage in bullying online than primary school students

Young people over the age of 15 are less likely than students between 10 and 15 years of age to be involved in online bullying.

Approximately one in five young people under 18 (20%) reported experiencing online bullying in any one year. The figure of 20% has been extrapolated from a number of different studies which found rates varying from 6% to 44% of students.

School staff report an average of 2.1% reports per student of online bullying, with 1.2 per 100 for primary schools and 9.1 per 100 students for high schools.

The majority (72%) of schools reported managing at least one incident of online bullying in the previous year.

Check out the Bullying. No Way! infographics of these facts and figures as well as information about bullying prevention.


Understanding bullying

Bullying is complex. It resists simplistic ideas and solutions.

Knowing exactly what bullying is and understanding why it happens are critical to finding positive and lasting solutions for everyone involved.

Students can play various roles within the bullying dynamic. Understanding the peer group is central to understanding bullying. Some students seem to be more likely to be involved, depending on the school and the broader context. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term negative impacts on everyone involved, including byst anders.

Intervening appropriately to respond to or prevent bullying is very important. A good starting place for understanding bullying is to ask students. Their ideas may be different from what adults assume. Dealing with bullying involves tapping into their motivations and understandings of the social situation. The reasons for bullying will be found below the surface by investigating issues of power, norms and social status, tolerance and diversity. Exploring these areas and how they influence students’ interactions and behaviour can provide essential insights into the most appropriate responses by parents and carers, and the school.

Bullying data is limited to government organizations in various countries. I feel as a community we have to start pushing this movement on the ground level as well.