Guest blogger Jackie Edwards is an editor, researcher, and writer, who helped develop a useful guide for helping children deal with bullies. She is also a mother to two small children, one of whom is now in full-time education. As a result of her daughter's being bullyied at school, Jackie understands the sense of helplessness that adults can feel in trying to support their children.
Every year, over 3.2 million students are physically, verbally, or virtually bullied. Physical bullying increases throughout elementary school and peaks in middle school, while the presence of verbal bullying never diminishes. Consequently, 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying. It is becoming an everyday occurrence in our children’s life. But what can you do to protect your kid?
We believe that community outreach and anti-bullying programs can help change our kids’ lives. However, in order to receive grants for such programs, or to convince your community and/or school that anti-bullying campaigns are necessary, you’ll need statistics.
Statistics help to tell a story. They paint a picture of what’s going well and what isn’t. To help you paint your picture and develop your case for an anti-bullying program, check out these program-relevant statistics. Where applicable, use them in your proposal.
In Your Grant Proposal, Show That Anti-Bullying Programs Work
Most bullying occurs, or stems from, interactions at school. However, many schools don’t have programs or processes to deal with bullying. Here are some statistics about school programs and the school’s rate of intervention that could help you build a program around school involvement.
- Over 67% of students believe their schools don’t respond well to bullying and that adult intervention is not common.
- In fact, 25% of teachers don’t even see anything wrong with bullying. This translates to teachers intervening only during 4% of bullying cases.
- On average, anti-bullying programs can decrease bullying by 20-23%.
- In one publicized study, fighting in school went down 92 % after the school implemented an anonymous CyberBully Hotline program. (Cyber Bully Hotline 2017)
- 70% of students report seeing bullying in their schools and 41% report seeing it on a weekly basis.
If you are applying for grant funds for your bullying program, cite statistics like these to show that such programs work.
Include Cyber Bullying Data in Your Grant Proposal
Cyber bullying is a somewhat new situation that many schools that parents don’t know how to tackle. However, it is becoming more and more prevalent. Here are some statistics surrounding cyber bullying that can help you and your parent-teacher association develop a solution.
- The percentage of individuals that have been cyberbullied has doubled from 2007 to 2016.
- About 43% of kids have been bullied online and 25% of these kids have been cyberbullied more than once.
- 90% of teens who have been cyberbullied have also been bullied offline.
- 90% of teens that have witnessed cyberbullying have reported ignoring it.
- 80% of teens use a phone every day and therefore create a platform for bullying.
- 81% of kids believe that online bullying is easier to get away with.
- 68% of teens believe that cyberbullying is a serious issue.
- Girls are twice as likely to be victims and perpetrators of cyberbullying.
Apply for Funding Programs that Encourage Parents to Talk to Their Kids
If your school doesn’t stand up for your kid, it’s time for you to stand up and help your child deal with a bully. (Lau 2017) Simply talking to your kids can help create a safe space for them to vent about issues at school. This can help with the long-lasting effects of bullying as well as preventing the bullying from continuing or escalating. It also identifies if your kid is the bully or the victim, and can help stop bullies from hurting any more kids.
The following statistics can help to develop a program centered around encouraging parents to talk to their kids.
- Only one out of every 10 kids that are bullied will confide in a parent or guardian.
- Bullying victims are reported to be 2-9 times more likely to commit suicide.
- 30% of kids admit bullying another student.
- 60% of bullies in grades 6-9 will have at least one legal conviction by the age of 24.
Funding to Teach Diversity
Diversity is something that should be praised. However, some groups of students are bullied more often than others. Here are some statistics that can help fund diversity programs to teach students acceptance.
- Students with disabilities or special education needs are twice as likely to be victims of bullying. According to the National Autistic Society, 40% of children with autism and 60% of students with Asperger’s syndrome have reported being bullied. However, students with special needs are twice as likely to be told not to tattle on bullies than students without special needs.
- About a third of kids report bullying based on race. 24.7% of African-American students, 17.2% of Hispanic students, and 9% of Asian students report being bullied at school.
- 74.1% of LGBT people report being verbally bullied because of their sexual orientation and 36.2% report being physically abused.
Anti-Bullying Grant Funding Sources
You can make a difference in our kids’ lives and help stamp out bullying. Use these statistics to help shape a program relevant to your community, or as a reference in your grant proposals perhaps to The Sprint Foundation. The Sprint Foundation supports character education initiatives such as bullying programs. Another foundation that supports bullying intervention programs is the Charles Lafitte Foundation.
Here are two additional grant opportunities:
Requests for funding are accepted in December. The foundation’s goals are:
- encourage leadership and advancement in the welfare of youth;
- improve health through education and clinical research;
- protect animals and the environment; and,
- foster respect for all citizens by improving the community, including support for civic, youth, and veteran’s groups.
The mission of the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation is to provide other nonprofit organizations with a means to educate the public about the needs of children across the nation. The foundation supports organizations for projects that contribute to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual welfare of children through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations and their programs designed to benefit youth. Grants must have the potential of helping American children in a large geographic area (more than one state). They have supported anti-bullying programs in the past. Grants have ranged from $4,000-$60,000. Applications are accepted May 1-July 15.
Cyber Bully Hotline, (2017). Do anti-bullying programs in schools work? [online] Available at: http://www.cyberbullyhotline.com/blog/ut-arlington-study-anti-bullying-programs-in- schools/ [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]
Lau, Chiu. (2017). 5 ways to help children deal with bullies compassionately. Fractus Learning. [online] Available at: https://www.fractuslearning.com/2017/07/03/help-child-with-bullies/ [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]
US Department of Education, (2015) Student reports of bullying and cyber-bullying: Results from the 2013 school crime supplement to the national crime victimization survey. [online] Available at: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2015/2015056.pdf [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]
Woda, Tim. (2017). Digital parenting: 11 facts about cyberbullying. UknowKids. [online] Available at: http://resources.uknowkids.com/blog/11-facts-about-cyberbullying [Accessed 21 Sept. 2017]
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