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According to just-released 2010 Fairfax County Youth Survey data, 54% of Fairfax County students reported being bullied (victim) and 43% reported bullying others (aggressor) in the past year. Additionally, 13% of Fairfax County students reported being cyberbullied (victim) and 8% reported bullying others (aggressor) in the past year.
Bullying is when one or more students, of greater strength or power, repeatedly tease, threaten, spread rumors about, hit, shove, or hurt another student. Electronic or cyberbullying is bullying through e-mail, chat rooms, instant messaging, social networking Web sites, or text messaging. It is not unusual for a teen to be both an aggressor and a victim.
See new Fairfax County fact sheet on bullying/cyberbullying.
Other Fairfax County Resources:
- Toolkit Presentations and Resources: Bullying and Cyberbullying
- Bullying Prevention and Help for Depression
Nov. 13 - 19, 2011, is Bullying Awareness Week. The 2011 Theme: "Stand Up! (to bullying)"