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Bullying is more prevalent than you might think. And kids with learning and attention issues may be especially at risk for bullying. Find out more.

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The Facts on Bullying

When you and your child are dealing with bullying, it may seem like you’re the only ones. But it’s a widespread problem. And kids with learning and attention issues may be especially at risk. Learn more.

Who’s Being Bullied
Between one-fourth and one-third of U.S. students say they’ve been bullied at school.
10% of children report having been the victims of severe bullying at least once during the school year.
10% had been bullied at least once per week.
Every day, more than 160,000 students skip school because they fear being bullied.

When and Where Bullying Happens
Much of bullying happens during middle school years. The most common types are verbal and social bullying.
Cyberbullying is increasingly common. Roughly 15–35% of teens experienced some form of cyberbullying.
That includes texting, email and social media.

What Bullying Looks Like
Here’s what middle-schoolers in one large study said they’ve experienced:
44.2% Name-calling
43.3% Teasing
36.3% Spreadingrumorsorlies 32.4% Pushingorshoving
29.2% Hitting,slappingorkicking 28.5% Leavingout
27.4% Threatening
27.3% Stealing belongings
23.7% Sexual comments or gestures

Bullying and Kids With Learning and Attention Issues
Compared to their peers, kids with learning and attention issues are more likely to have trouble with bullying. Research shows:
Kids with learning challenges are more likely to be bullied.
Kids with ADHD are more likely to be victimized or left out.
Kids with ADHD are more likely to bully other kids.
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About the Author

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The Understood Team is composed of writers, editors and community moderators, many of whom have children with learning and attention issues.

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Molly Algermissen, Ph.D., is an associate professor of medical psychology at Columbia University Medical Center and clinical director of PROMISE.

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