A huge study came out yesterday, with dismal findings on bullying.
The report statement begins:
According to a new study by the Josephson Institute of Ethics (the largest ever undertaken of the attitudes and conduct of high school students), half of all high school students (50 percent) admit they bullied someone in the past year, and nearly half (47 percent) say they were bullied, teased, or taunted in a way that seriously upset them in the past year. The study reports the responses from 43,321 high school students. The margin of error is less than 1%.
You can read the actual results in a PDF. (It's a simple format.)
Unfortunately, the numbers are not a shock to people who have been studying the problem. It's been a huge problem, and it's remaining a huge problem.
The more troubling part is that we can't seem to figure out what to do about it. (The numbers show a slight improvement from 2008, but we have not gotten very far.)
Despite the dearth of evidence that Columbine was related to bullying, most of the public thought it was. That led to huge campaigns to combat the problem.
I always so that as sort of the wonderful upside to a huge mistake. We shouldn't address bullying because we thought it provoked two killers, we should address it because it's terrible.
Regardless, we addressed it.
Eleven years later, ouch.
I'm frustrated. I'm not an expert on bullying. I have not studied anti-bullying campaigns, to ascertain which ones really work. Clearly, many are failing.
So who has? What's actually working out there?