Bullying facts: Try and beat these twins in a game of true or false

CBC Kids News • Published 2019-11-05 15:23

Research challenges our assumptions about bullying and how to stop it

Last month, CBC launched a nationwide project examining student-on-student violence in Canadian schools.

As part of the project, CBC Kids News wanted to find out what kids know about the stats around bullying.

We asked 10-year-old twin brothers Jonah and Nathan Durante to put their bullying knowledge to the test in a game of true or false.

As it turns out, some of the things many assume about bullying might not be true.

PREVNet — Canada’s authority on bullying research — collects real data on bullying.

Here are five of the facts that Nathan and Jonah found most surprising.

Spoiler alert! If you want to play along, check out the video. If not, keep reading.

Fighting back makes bullying worse

When you stand up to bullies in aggressive ways, it can prolong the bullying and possibly make it even worse.

The best strategy is to be assertive, not aggressive, and say "no" in a clear, respectful way.

Bullying usually stops when someone steps in

In nearly 90 per cent of bullying incidents, peers are present and watching.

Yet if bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds, most of the time.

Kids don't grow out of bullying

It's easy to think that bullying is just part of growing up. However, many kids who bully actually continue the behaviour as adults.

Bullying can transform into different kinds of aggression, like sexual harassment, dating violence, child abuse and other forms of violence. 

Kids who bully are also harmed

Kids who are involved with bullying do it because it benefits them, right?

Not so much. Kids who engage in bullying behaviour are at greater risk of mental unwellness and are more likely to use drugs and alcohol.

Canada isn't any better than elsewhere

Canada has a reputation for being friendly.

However, bullying in Canada is actually higher than two-thirds of developed countries.

What did CBC find?

After surveying more than 4,000 kids across Canada aged 14 to 21, CBC found some surprising information on the state of school violence.

One finding showed that nearly half of kids from kindergarten to Grade 8 have been subjected to hateful names or comments.

Thirty-five per cent of kids also report being physically assaulted at some point in elementary or middle school.

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