What is Bullying?

    Bullying Statistics

    You would think living in 2014 that bullying would be a thing of that past. It seems by now the human race would have risen above bullying one another but unfortunately that is not the case.

    Teen & Children Bullying Statistics

    At least 50 percent of teens have been bullied online according to the iSafe Foundation.
    About 10 to 20 percent of those teens are bullied on a regular basis per the Cyberbullying Research Center.
    One-million children on Facebook alone were harassed in 2011 as reported by Consumer Reports.
    DoSomething.org claims 90 percent of children in grades 4 through 8 have been bullied at some point.
    ISafe Foundation reports 35 percent of children have actually been threatened online, some more than once
    Social media is one of the leading places in which children today experience bullying. According to the Pew Internet Research Center, 95 percent of teenagers have witnessed cyber-bullying while they have been using their social media sites. Of that percentage, 84 percent have seen someone defend the victim and 84 percent have stood up for the victim personally. However, 90 percent of those who witnessed bullying on their social media sites have also ignored the behavior at some point with 35 percent of them doing so often. This shows that sometimes teens are comfortable standing up and sometimes they aren’t, even among the same group of teens.

    Adult Bullying Statistics

    One would think that as people mature and progress through life, that they would stop behaviors of their youth. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sadly, adults can be bullies, just as children and teenagers can be bullies. While adults are more likely to use verbal bullying as opposed to physical bullying, the fact of the matter is that adult bullying exists. The goal of an adult bully is to gain power over another person, and make himself or herself the dominant adult. They try to humiliate victims, and “show them who is boss.”

    There are several different types of adult bullies, and it helps to know how they operate:
    Narcissistic Adult Bully: This type of adult bully is self-centered and does not share empathy with others. Additionally, there is little anxiety about consequences. He or she seems to feel good about him or herself, but in reality has a brittle narcissism that requires putting others down.

    Impulsive Adult Bully: Adult bullies in this category are more spontaneous and plan their bullying out less. Even if consequences are likely, this adult bully has a hard time restraining his or her behavior. In some cases, this type of bullying may be unintentional, resulting in periods of stress, or when the bully is actually upset or concerned about something unconnected with the victim.

    Physical Bully: While adult bullying rarely turns to physical confrontation, there are, nonetheless, bullies that use physicality. In some cases, the adult bully may not actually physically harm the victim, but may use the threat of harm, or physical domination through looming. Additionally, a physical bully may damage or steal a victim’s property, rather than physically confronting the victim.

    Verbal Adult Bully: Words can be quite damaging. Adult bullies who use this type of tactic may start rumors about the victim, or use sarcastic or demeaning language to dominate or humiliate another person. This subtle type of bullying also has the advantage – to the bully – of being difficult to document. However, the emotional and psychological impacts of verbal bullying can be felt quite keenly and can result in reduced job performance and even depression.

    Secondary Adult Bully: This is someone who does not initiate the bullying, but joins in so that he or she does not actually become a victim down the road. Secondary bullies may feel bad about what they are doing, but are more concerned about protecting themselves.
    Mike Schlicht, co-coordinator for New York Healthy Workplace Advocates took a survey to gain statistics for Adult Bullying. He was shocked at the results.

    Surveys showed:
    1 In 6 Adults Suffer Some Form Of Workplace Bullying
    4 in 6 Adults have been bullied online
    2 in 6 Deal with some sort of bullying outside of work and offline.

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