Physical Bullying Down, Cyberbullying Rising

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Crime Prevention Organization Says Cyberbullying Is Bigger Problem

The decline in physical bullying is an exciting revelation and speaks to the tremendous work of school administrators, teachers, and students but we are worried about the pervasive growth of cyberbullying among our young people.

The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) applauded the news that physical bullying among children has declined steadily since 2003 but stated the growing cyberbullying problem among kids should concern us all.

In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, the percentage of children who reported being bullied physically over the past year has declined by seven percent from 2003 to 2008. NCPC believes those numbers are encouraging but says cyberbullying has eclipsed physical bullying.

“The decline in physical bullying is an exciting revelation and speaks to the tremendous work of school administrators, teachers, and students but we are worried about the pervasive growth of cyberbullying among our young people,” said Michelle Boykins, Director of Communications. She continued, “The online assault of our kids through cyberbullying hurts every bit as much as a fist and can be equally damaging.”

In a survey commissioned by NCPC, more than 43 percent of teens report being victims of cyberbullying. Nine in ten teens (92 percent) say they know the person who was bullying them. Sadly, only 10 percent of those cyberbullying victims told their parents. NCPC says it is imperative that we continue to work with parents, schools, law enforcement, technology providers, and our young people to prevent all forms of bullying so our children can grow, learn, and play in a safe, respectful environment.

NCPC, the home of McGruff the Crime Dog, recently launched a new initiative called the Circle of Respect to focus on the issue of respect and its connection to bullying and crime prevention. With the help of noted celebrity and author, Deborah Norville, award-winning authors Rosalind Wiseman and Rachel Simmons, and the advertising talent of Saatchi & Saatchi, NCPC is challenging young people and adults to promote a culture of respect where problems like cyberbullying, sexting, and online aggression do not become a cultural norm.

Visit NCPC’s website for tips and tools on what to do or how to talk to your children about cyberbullying.

About the National Crime Prevention Council
The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is here to help you protect what matters most—yourself, your family, and your community. As a national nonprofit and home of McGruff the Crime Dog, we work with our membership of more 4,000 strong in law enforcement and community safety to give you the tips, tools, and tactics to help keep you from being victimized by crime. For more information on how you can support NCPC and McGruff “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®”, visit http://www.ncpc.org.

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