Many Students Don’t Report Bullying Face to Face, School Administrators Say

32% say students use alternate method to report problems, according to new national survey by CyberBully Hotline

ST. LOUIS, MO – October 29, 2014 – 25% of school administrators said they were receiving at least one report of bullying per week, and about 1 in 10 said their students submit 3 or more reports per week.

That’s according to a new survey of K-12 school administrators by the CyberBully Hotline, which was conducted earlier this fall and drew responses from more than 450 high-ranking school administrators across 48 states.

“Many people think the issues of bullying and school violence are overblown, but our survey proves that these issues are a real and ongoing challenge for school leaders,” said Paul Langhorst, co-founder of the CyberBully Hotline.

To underscore his point, Mr. Langhorst noted that a significant number of schools are dealing with the most difficult student behavior issues discussed in the survey. About 1 in 10 survey respondents said they had dealt with at least 1 incident of severe student violence in the past 12 months, and the same was true for student suicide.

The issue of incident reporting was a key part of the survey. 32% of respondents listed an alternate form of reporting that students are using, such as an anonymous tip line, e-mail, or text message.

“This survey provides solid evidence that many students are afraid to come forward in person and report issues like bullying,” said Mr. Langhorst. “The key takeaway from this data is that school leaders should provide students with multiple reporting options. An ‘open door policy’ isn’t enough to identify all incidents of inappropriate or troubling behavior.”

A full overview of the survey results is available for free to qualified K-12 school administrators. School leaders can request a copy by visiting cyberbullyhotline.com/behaviorsurvey.

About the CyberBully Hotline
The CyberBully Hotline offers branded school tip line programs to K-12 schools across the nation. The program provides schools with a fully customizable anonymous reporting program that can be deployed across multiple buildings and buses with promotional material featuring a school’s colors, logo, and mascot. Schools nationwide have successfully used the program for anonymous bully reporting, accepting tips on student theft or planned violence, and anonymous reporting of mental health issues, among other things. For more information on the CyberBully Hotline, visit www.cyberbullyhotline.com.