There are about 160,000 children that miss school every day out of fear of being bullied. Nationwide surveys of 6th through 10th graders conducted by the national institute of Child Health and Human Development revealed that 17% of children in the 6th through 10th grade are bullied sometimes or weekly, while 19% bully others sometimes or weekly. (Ericson, OJJDP Fact Sheet, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention)
Bullying is characterized by the following three criteria:
A student being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other students. Such negative actions include intentionally inflicting, or attempting to inflict, injury or discomfort upon another. (The following is taken from “Being a Friend and Having a Friend” text published by the Office of Violence Prevention.)
Bullying Comes in Many Different Disguises and Forms
Any way you look at it, it hurts!
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Healthy Chicago is a new public health agenda with an ambitious sense of purpose for Chicago. Created by the Chicago Department of Public Health, it is an agenda that engages our city with bold action and goal-driven results. Together we are going to transform the health of our city. We will make Chicago the healthiest city in the nation.
Healthy Chicago focuses on 12 key priorities all of which are found at the Healthy Chicago webpage. Bullying Prevention is a concern for 2 major priorities in both the Adolescent Health Initiative and the Violence Prevention Office. Two of the targets of Healthy Chicago are to reduce school bullying to 11.1% to 9% and decrease the number of stuents missing school due to safety concerns from 15.1% to 9%.
The ChicagoBullying Prevention Workgroup
This workgroup is a coalition of over 20 agencies who provide services that directly or indirectly address bullying. The goals of the workgroup are to: