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2002 Bullying Survey

In the spring of 2002, 1,823 4th – 8th graders in Omaha-area parochial and public schools completed a survey sharing their perceptions of bullying. 1,338 students (73.5%) – a nearly equal number of boys and girls – reported that they had experienced bullying.

Kids know how they are being bullied:

  • 76% of boys and 79% of girls had been called names
  • 59% of boys and 65% of girls had been teased or laughed at
  • 28% of boys and 19% of girls had been threatened
  • 31% of boys and 42% of girls had been left out of an activity
  • 47% of boys and 28% of girls had been hit, kicked or shoved
  • 17% of boys and 13% of girls had property damaged
  • 28% of boys and 29% of girls had property stolen

Kids know bullying is a problem:

  • 82% described bullying as a problem at their school
  • Nearly 27% say it is a “big” or “very big” problem

Kids know who is being bullied:

  • 31% know 1 – 2 victims
  • 28% know 3 – 5 victims
  • 26% know more than 6 victims

Kids know how often:

  • 17% of students reported having been bullied 3 – 5 times
  • Nearly 17% reported having been bullied 6 or more times

Kids know where* bullying occurs:

  • 52% say it happens on the playground
  • 30% say it happens in the hallway
  • 28% say it happens in the lunchroom
  • 26% say it happens in classrooms
  • 13% say it happens in restrooms
  • 4% say it happens on the school bus
  • 13% say it happens elsewhere

Kids know when* bullying happens:

  • 46% say it happens at recess
  • 32% say it happens after school
  • 25% say it happens at lunch time
  • 23% say it happens in class
  • 18% say it happens before school
  • 13% say it happens at other times

*Students could choose more than one location and time

Many kids know to seek help when they are bullied:

  • 46% go to a parent
  • 40% go to a friend
  • 23% go to a teacher
  • 66% report that the person they went to helped them
  • However, 29% of kids choose not to ask for help at all

Kids know a lot about bullying. Let’s help kids know more and better ways to prevent and respond to bullying behavior. Let’s help kids know more and better ways help themselves and their classmates.

Survey instrument, data collection, and analysis by Patricia Newman, Ph.D. and Dan Wright, Ph.D.