video: NEW: Bullying in RI Schools Down, According to New Report
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Rhode Island Kids Count on Tuesday.
The report, "Preventing Bullying in Rhode Island Schools," was unveiled to a roundtable of educators, policy makers, state agencies, and community members, focusing on how bullying adversely affects children.
"Because bullying negatively impacts children now, and into their future, it's critical that we have both short term and long-term strategies to prevent, identify, and address bullying behavior," said Elizabeth Burke Bryant, Executive Director of RI Kids Count.
The report showed that Rhode Island elementary school students reported significant declines in being bullied from 63% in 2009-2010 to 47% in 2013-2014.
Middle school students reported having the highest rates of being bullied than any other grade level, but rates decreased from 61% in 2011-2012 to 57% for 2013-2014.
47% of high school students reported being bullied in 2013-2014, which is a decline from 51% in 2011-2012.
The report took into account on only who experiences bullying, but the different types of bullying, race and ethnicity, school climate, bullying prevention programs, the negative impacts of bullying, and bystanders, among other issues.
RI Kids Count recommends that the state should implement and track evidence-based anti-bullying laws as well as bullying prevention training for adult professionals, as well as a number of other steps the state can take.
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