More About Bullying

Bullying Facts


77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically.


1 in 5 kids admits to being a bully, or doing some bullying.


8% of students miss at least 1 day of class per month for fear of bullies.


28% of youths who carry weapons have witnessed violence at home.


35% of adults in the workforce experience bullying at work.


282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.


Bullying victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims


Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention 4%. Peer Intervention, 11%. No intervention 85%.


Sources: The Bureau of Justice Statistics - School Crime and Safety, Yale University studies

What Exactly IS Bullying?


A person is bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. This definition includes three important components:

  1. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions.

  2. It involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time.

  3. It involves an imbalance of power or strength.

Take the pledge!

The Diversity Council challenges children, youth, and adults to pledge to do their part to end the scourge of bullying—in schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes. Download the pledge, sign it, and keep it as a reminder of your commitment.



StandUp Students

StandUp Students provides interactive scenario-based training that prepares students for real life encounters. These workshops for grades 5-12 offer tools and tactics to interrupt bias and hate as it occurs, in safe and age-appropriate ways that help build environments where all students feel welcome. For more information, please email

Student Leaders Creating Change

SLCC is our peer intervention anti-bullying training program for student leaders in area high schools. Learn more

About Suicide and Bullying

Suicide is extremely complex.  Usually, people who take their lives have an underlying vulnerability, such as a mental illness like depression, or substance abuse. Experiencing a significant crisis then triggers suicidal thoughts.


Bullying can be a contributing factor in suicide as the triggering crisis, but it is never the only contributor.


Having adequate social support is important for everyone to maintain positive mental health.  People who experience bullying often lack this social support. Social connectedness helps people get through the tough times in our lives. Do you know someone who is experiencing bullying? Be an ally. Be a friend.

More Resources Provides individuals and organizations with information, resources, education, training, events, and campaigns that increase awareness of the issue of bullying and ways to respond to and prevent bullying.

Stop Cyberbullying. Provides information on cyberbullying and how to spot, report, and prevent it. It also includes a quiz to test your cyberbullying preparedness.  

Cyberbullying. Provides 2019 statistics related to cyberbullying and explains the impact it can have on students. 

Eyes on Bullying. Provides a multimedia program to prepare parents and caregivers to prevent bullying in children’s lives. Features the Eyes on Bullying Toolkit with insights, strategies, skills-building activities, and resources. Designed especially for adults to use with children and youth in homes, child care centers, afterschool and youth programs, and camps. 


Home Ideas to Comfort a Bullied Child

This resource covers everything from what bullying is to things to do if your child is bullied for yourself and/or family members. 

PACER National Center for Bullying Prevention. Provides resources for adults about bullying, with a special focus on children with disabilities.  Includes information on Bullying Prevention Awareness Week and an animated site for elementary school students. Some content is translated into Spanish, Somali, and Hmong.


PREVNet. Provides information on bullying prevention, including research summaries and toolkits. 


Stop Bullying Now! Provides information about bullying and prevention/intervention strategies for parents, children (ages 9 to 13), teachers, other school staff, and health and safety professionals. Features a resource kit with tips and facts. Includes web episodes and games for children, an activities guide, a video toolkit, and video workshops. Presents an extensive and searchable database of resources on bullying prevention. The information for adults is presented in English and Spanish.


Behavioral Institute for Children & Adolescents

Training and resources relating to children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. Based in Roseville, MN


After a Suicide: Toolkit for Schools


Suicide and Bullying: A Brief

1130 1/2 7th Street NW

Rochester, MN 55902


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