It hurts them more than it hurts you

You’ll never get a bullied student to believe it, but a report by the CDC is saying that bullies are worse off than victims of bullying when it comes to suffering abuse from a family member or witnessing violence at home. Those who both bullied and were victims of bullying themselves were at the worst risk of either suffering abuse or witnessing violence. The report says:

The adjusted odds ratios (AORs) for middle school students for being physically hurt by a family member were 2.9 for victims, 4.4 for bullies, and 5.0 for bully-victims, and for witnessing violence in the family were 2.6, 2.9, and 3.9, respectively, after adjusting for potential differences by age group, sex, and race/ethnicity. For high school students, the AORs for being physically hurt by a family member were 2.8 for victims, 3.8 for bullies, and 5.4 for bully-victims, and for witnessing violence in the family were 2.3, 2.7, and 6.8, respectively.

What do you do to prevent bullying in your schools? Do you use specific programs? Most importantly, what is the data behind these programs showing that they work? –Rebecca St. Andrie

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