Bullying fact #4: Victim/perpetrator roles tend to remain stable
Bully and target roles tend to remain fairly stable over the years, meaning children who bully, those who are targeted, or those who are bully-victims (both perpetrators and victims of bullying) tend to stay in those roles. So although just about every child will experience taunting at some point in their lives, when children are involved in ongoing bullying, they tend to become solidified in those roles.
Bullying fact #6: The 20/20 Rule
In general, around 20% of kids will wind up frequent targets of bullying, while another 20% or so are frequent perpetrators. Among these, anywhere from 5% to 15% may overlap as both victims and bullies from time to time. Those kids not in either portion of the 20/20 tend to experience only isolated bullying.
Bullying fact #6: Bullying & gender differences
Males tend to report being hit, slapped, or pushed by bullies more frequently than do females, whereas females more frequently report being bullied through rumors or sexual comments. (Nansel et al., 2001, p. 2097) Boys tend to experience more bullying overall, with more of it physical in nature, whereas girls experience more psychological bullying through things such as exclusion, gossip, and verbal abuse. Many experts caution that rates of girl bullying may be equal to or greater than that of boys, but because it is more covert and difficult to spot, it is not reported as often or captured in statistical surveys.