SPONSORED POST: Bullying is a purposeful, repetitive, worldwide epidemic that is seen across all races, classes, ages, and genders. While bullying can happen in the workplace, it tends to be most prevalent in school settings among youth:
Nearly 1 in 5 students (21%) reports being bullied during the school year, impacting over 5 million youth annually. National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2018
160,000 kids per day skip school for fear of being bullied. American Society for the Positive Care of Children, 2018
Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others. Bradshaw, Sawyer, & O’Brennan (BS&O), 2007
Bystanders make up the largest group of students affected by bullying in school, with 71% of students saying they have witnessed bullying within the last month. BS&O, 2007
Almost all forms of bullying peak in middle school with 6th grade students reporting the highest percentage of bullying (29%). NCES, 2018
Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for poor school adjustment, sleep difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Studies have found the effects of bullying to be serious and long lasting on one’s mental health and overall well being. It is important to note these negative outcomes affect all involved in bullying — the bullies, the bullied, and the bystanders.
Noted educator, author, and psychologist, Dr. Peter Scales says, “Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment.” Continue reading…