The likelihood of being bullied varied by a number of factors, including sex, grade level, and race and ethnicity.
In comparison, non-Hispanic White students were significantly more likely to report electronic bullying (16.9 percent) than non-Hispanic Asian, Hispanic, and non-Hispanic Black high school students (12.9, 12.8, and 8.7 percent, respectively). Younger high school students were also more likely to report being bullied than older students: 25.0 percent of 9th-graders reported being bullied at school compared to 13.3 percent of 12th-graders (figure 1). Similarly, 9th-graders were slightly more likely than 12th-graders to report being bullied electronically (16.1 versus 13.5 percent, respectively). Being bullied has been associated with a wide range of short- and long-term emotional, physical, and developmental consequences, including depression, anxiety, headaches, sleeping problems, stomach ailments, and decreased academic achievement.
Children who bully are also more likely to engage in violent and risky behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use and early sexual activity. Bullying surveillance: Uniform definitions and recommended data elements (PDF). Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.↑ 2 U. This is not an indication of a security issue such as a virus or attack.