You never fully know what is happening in someone else's life
You can never be sure of the effects your words can have on someone, good or bad
A mean comment can haunt someone for the rest of their life
Standing up for someone can save their life
- Nearly 1 in 3 students (27.8%) report being bullied during the school year (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2013).
- Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment (Center for Disease Control, 2012).
- Youth victimized by their peers were 2.4 times more likely to report suicidal ideation and 3.3 times more likely to report a suicide attempt than youth who reported not being bullied (Espelage and Holt, 2013).
What Can You Do?
Speak Up- When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, 2014)
Tell an Adult- This could be a teacher or a councilor at your school. It is their job to keep everyone safe
Know the signs of depression and suicide warnings. Look out for your friends