A recent study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health found a decrease in the rate of bullying over a 10-year period in Maryland schools, contradicting the perception that bullying is on the rise.
The study collected reports from 246,306 students in grades 4 to 12 between 2005-2014, allowing researchers to examine the evolution of bullying over time. After reviewing the data, the study’s authors concluded that the study “indicated a significant improvement over bullying and related concerns in 10 out of 13 indicators,” and found, “the most recent years showing the greatest improvements in school climate and reductions in bullying.”
Where Do We Go From Here?
These findings are promising, but with 1 out of 3 youth reporting being bullied, we all still have a lot of work to do. After School will continue to work with partners and others to help reduce bullying behaviors and provide better support for those affected by bullying.
If interested in learning how After School protects users and works to prevent cyberbullying, visit the After School Safety Center here.