#SafeAllies

Our State has several laws in place to address bullying of Nevada’s students, yet more needs be done to educate the community around the signs of bullying. More needs to be done to educate children, youth and their families about their rights during the investigation process; and more needs to be done to support children and youth in mental health recovery from a bullying incident.

The #SafeAllies program is a collaboration of Nevada PEP and Youth M.O.V.E. Nevada.  #SafeAllies reaches children and youth with digital resources and youth designed activities. #SafeAllies offers training workshops on the laws and processes for reporting a bullying incident and navigating the education system.  #SafeAllies provides individual assistance and support groups for families focused on the importance of aftercare to develop positive strategies and safe allies.

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Bullying Statistics

  • Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, lower academic achievement, and dropping out of school (4) but students who are both targets of bullying and engage in bullying behavior are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems than students who only bully or are only bullied (4). 
  • Bullied students indicate that bullying has a negative effect on how they feel about themselves (27%), their relationships with friends and family (19%), their schoolwork (19%), and physical health (14%) (3). 
  • In Nevada, 1 in every 7 high school students reported being bullied on school property (2), while bullying behaviors in middle school are much worse, where it affects 1 in every 4 students on school property (1).  In addition, reports of cyberbullying are highest among middle school students, followed by high school students, and then primary school students (4). 
  • Of those students who reported being bullied, 13% were made fun of, called names, or insulted; 13% were the subject of rumors; 5% were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; and 5% were excluded from activities on purpose (3). 
  • A higher percentage of male than of female students report being physically bullied (6% vs. 4%), whereas a higher percentage of female than of male students reported being the subjects of rumors (18% vs. 9%) and being excluded from activities on purpose (7% vs. 4%) (3).  
  • The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students include physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation (3). 
  • 59.5% of LGBTQ students feel unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation, 44.6% because of their gender expression, and 35% because of their gender (5) 
  • 22% of Indigenous/American Indian students in Nevada have been bullied at school (2). 
  • 41% of students who reported being bullied at school indicated that they think the bullying would happen again (3). 
Sources

1. Diedrick, M., Lensch, T., Zhang, F., Peek, J., Clements-Nolle, K., Yang, W. State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the University of Nevada, Reno. 2019 Nevada Middle School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Report.
2. Diedrick, M., Lensch, T. Zhang, F., Peek, J., Clements-Nolle, K., Yang, W. State of Nevada, Division of Public and Behavioral Health and the University of Nevada, Reno. 2019 Nevada High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Report.
3. Seldin, M., & Yanez, C. (2019). Student Reports of Bullying: Results from the 2017 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Web Tables. NCES 2019-054. National Center for Education Statistics.
4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Preventing Bullying. Atlanta, GA. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/
5. Joseph G. Kosciw, Ph.D., Emily A. Greytak, Ph.D., Adrian D. Zongrone, M.P.H., Caitlin M. Clark, Ph.D., Nhan L. Truong, Ph.D. Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network. 2017 National School Climate Survey

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