School Bullying Appears to Be Dropping

School-based bullying for kids ages 12 to 18 appears to have dropped in recent years. Twenty-two percent of teens reported having been bullied in 2013, the lowest number since the federal government began collecting data on the subject in 2005.

In 2005, 2009 and 2011, 28 percent of students reported having been bullied at school. This included verbal, physical and social abuse, as well as cyberbullying. In 2007, 32 percent of students reported the same, according to a blog from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

The data comes from the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, a nationally representative survey of teens.

About 7 percent of students said they were cyberbullied. Female students reported being bullied more often than males. Students in the Midwest reported being bullied more often than in any other region, at 22.4 percent.

Research from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the same period of time reports no decline in bullying