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Bullying in North Dakota

The concept of bullying is not a new one. Nearly everyone has seen examples of bullying in action. Those that have not, are still familiar with examples through literature, movies, and music. While some of those portrayals demonstrate the common stereotype of the schoolyard bully physically beating up another child, research has shown that physical abuse is not the only form of bullying suffered in our schools. In fact, verbal abuse, which can manifest in a variety of ways from harassment and insults based on external characteristics to the spreading of rumors, is actually the most common. In addition, with the increased emphasis of online social activity, cyber bullying has become a swiftly increasing cause for concern.


So what does that mean for North Dakota specifically? The Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors the prevalence of priority health-risk behaviors among middle and high school students. Bullying is one of the behaviors tracked by the survey (e.g., bullied on school property and electronically bullied).


According to the 2013 YRBS survey, in North Dakota, 52 percent of middle school students have ever been bullied on school property. The percent who have ever been electronically bullied was 28 percent, with a significant difference between females (39%) and males (17%).

The 2013 YRBS survey administered to high school students revealed that one in four high school students (25%) have been bullied on school property and 17 percent have been electronically bullied, during the past 12 months.


A link to the YRBS survey can be found on the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction website and on ND Compass - Children and Youth - More Measures - Health. 


In 2011, the North Dakota Legislative Assembly passed a bill requiring each public school to have a bullying prevention policy in place by July of 2012. While this may give the impression that bullying has not been addressed in our state until recently, that is not necessarily the case. Many schools have been employing a variety of strategies to address this commonly shared problem.


Join North Dakota State University's Wendy Troop-Gordon, Ph.D., in this month's Ask a Researcher, to learn about some common myths regarding bullying and how research helps with bullying prevention and children safety in schools and communities. In addition, Lynette Schaff from United Tribes Technical College provides some insight in this month's For Discussion on how one North Dakota educational facility is taking measures to address bullying at all levels.  

For Discussion
Bullying- Just a Schoolyard Problem? Think Again!
Join Lynette Schaff, BSN, Sudent Health Director at United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) as she shares some details about the UTTC's multi-pronged approach to bullying within their campus.

Ask a Researcher
What Has Science Taught Us About Bullying?
What exactly is bullying, what insight has research given us about it, and how can we apply that information to protect children? Wendy Troop-Gordon, Ph.D., from North Dakota State University shares information from her research on this topic.

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