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Nearly Nine in 10 Teens Believe the U.S. is Lacking Kindness Right Now and Almost All (96 percent) Believe it’s Impacting the Way Teens Treat Other Teens

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STOMP Out Bullying™, the leading national bullying and cyberbullying prevention nonprofit organization for kids and teens, released survey results today that detail teens’ (ages 13-17) attitudes toward our country’s behavior and its effect on bullying among their peers, in order to highlight key issues for October’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Top findings include:

  • A high majority of teens hold a very pessimistic view of our country, with almost nine in 10 (88 percent) who believe the U.S. is lacking kindness.
  • Because of this current state, almost all teens (96 percent) believe today’s lack of kindness impacts the way teens treat other teens.
  • Furthermore, 91 percent of teens believe we lack kindness in the way we treat one another.

“Whether at school, in front of a computer screen or on digital devices, bullying and cyberbullying are unfortunately more present than ever before,” said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying. “We need to continue emphasizing the importance of kindness, which is critical not only to youth character development, but kindness can also make a positive, lasting impact on our world today. It’s not surprising to see why teens have such a negative view of our nation’s behavior, given the onslaught of violence and hostility that we see on a daily basis,” she said. “I urge everyone to raise awareness around bullying prevention and the power of kindness this October, which is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.”

STOMP Out Bullying advocates for teaching more empathy and kindness among a diverse population of students in schools to create a positive culture, stronger communities and more student leaders. There are some encouraging signs of progress being made in the effort to end bullying. Most teens are confident in their school’s ability to tackle bullying, with over half (61 percent) who believe their school handles bullying issues sufficiently. Concurrently, teens themselves are becoming more empowered to stand up and report instances of bullying if they see them. Nearly two-thirds (66 percent) have reported instances of bullying to a teacher, parent or other authority figure.

Additional survey findings include:

  • 45 percent of teens see as much bullying online as they see in person.
  • Teens in the U.S. are more likely to report instances of bullying in person (80 percent) than bullying online.
  • Four out of five (81 percent) teens have stood up to bullying.
  • Nearly all teens (95 percent) believe that seeing more kindness around them will make them want to act more kindly to others.
  • Boys (35 percent) are more likely than girls (27 percent) to see bullying occur more often online than in person.
  • Boys (22 percent) are slightly more likely to report online bullying than girls (17 percent).
  • To help further the organization’s mission of ending bullying, STOMP Out Bullying recently announced a brand new ambassador, KIND the blue elephant. KIND acts as a symbol for the need to spread compassion and kindness throughout the world. Follow STOMP Out Bullying’s social channels to get involved in spreading the word around the pro-kindness movement by sharing images of KIND the elephant with #whereiskind.

For teens experiencing the effects of bullying, or even exhibiting bullying behavior, STOMP Out Bullying provides many resources to help:

  • The STOMP Out Bullying Live HelpChat Line: a free and confidential online chat for kids and teens between the ages of 13-24. It is intended to assist those who are victims of all forms of bullying and those who may be at risk for suicide as a result of being bullied.
  • The STOMP Out Bullying Educator’s Bullying Prevention Toolkit: enables educators to create meaningful dialogue about bullying, educate students through proven Social Emotional Learning methods, adopt character building in schools and involve both students and faculty in working together to change school climate.
  • The STOMP Out Bullying Student Participation Toolkit: enables students to participate in programs focused on anti-bullying, educate peers on the importance of ending bullying, teaches ways to advocate for the cause and how to inspire others to do the same.

What is STOMP Out Bullying?

STOMP Out Bullying is the leading national anti-bullying organization for kids and teens. A pioneer on the issue, STOMP Out Bullying is recognized as the most influential anti-bullying and cyberbullying organization in America. It focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, education against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country. It teaches effective solutions on how to respond to all forms of bullying; as well as educating kids and teens in school and online.

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