The analysis, which assessed the number of bullying incidents and the proportion of high school students who were bullied online, determined the prevalence and prevention of bullying in 47 states and the District of Columbia, excluding Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington for various reasons.
According to this study, California is the state with the biggest bullying problem, with 62.53 points in an evaluation where 100 represents the worst situation for young people. The entity has the highest rate of high school students involved in a physical fight in schools, with 14.70%. This figure is 4.6 times higher than in Maine, which stands at 3.20%.
Which states have the biggest bullying problems?
In second place is Alaska, with 62.28 points. This state records the highest proportion of bullied high school students with 25.50%, a figure that is 2.5 times higher than in Delaware, which is set at 10.20%.
The third place was occupied by Nevada, with 53.12 points. New Jersey is in fourth place with a score of 51.91 points, and Louisiana is in fifth place with 50.71 points.
The top 10 states with the most cases of bullying are completed by:
- Pennsylvania, with 50.24 points.
- Georgia, with 50.21 points.
- Wisconsin, with 50.19 points.
- Oklahoma, with 49.86 points.
- Wyoming, with 48.21 points.
New Hampshire has the highest rate of high school students are harassed online, with 21.80%. A number that is 2.4 times higher than the District of Columbia, whose percentage is 8.90.
While New Mexico and North Carolina recorded the highest proportion of students absent because they feel unsafe, with 17%. A figure 3.5 times higher than in North Dakota, with 4.90%.
Where is Florida?
In the US, at least 20% of students between 12 and 18 years old have been victims of bullying, either in person, online, or both, according to data from the StopBullying.gov website.
This problem affects the physical, emotional and psychological health of young people, create a negative effect in the life of the aggressor and the victim, according to the Association for the Advancement of Psychological Science.
According to this organization, those who are bullies, victims, or both, are more likely to experience poverty, academic failure, and unemployment in their adult lives than other people. In addition, they tend to commit crimes and abuse drugs and alcohol.
In other words, it is a problem that, in turn, creates a negative impact on society, so states have dedicated themselves in recent years to combating it in schools and online, through various law that protects children, children, adolescents and young people. .
At this stage, Florida is one of the states with the lowest rates of bullyingplaced itself in position number 32, with 35.12 points.
The research also looked at the proportion of high school students who experienced online bullying
Lori Latrice Martin, associate dean at Louisiana State University, said that while opportunity may occur “for many reasons or for no reason,” race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexuality, learning, and physical disabilities may be factors that put the children’s weight and socioeconomic status at risk of being bullied.
“Bullying can take many forms, range from unkind words to acts of physical violence, and can occur in person or online. Whatever form bullying takes, by definition it must occur on multiple occasions,” he explained.
In this sense, it recommends the implementation of protection programs for children, adolescents, and young people through a complete investigation of the reports of students, parents, and other people involved. In addition, it advises that teachers and staff in educational institutions receive training to identify bullying and develop strategies to reduce this problem.
“There should be accountability on multiple levels. School administrators should be responsible for protecting students and providing services or referrals for students when needed,” he emphasized.