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The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health | May 19, 2010

Just Added: Bullying, Gangs, School Safety Data for School Districts Statewide

Feeling safe not only plays a crucial role in students´┐Ż overall health and well being, it also is vital for their learning. While the majority of California youth report feeling safe at school, about 7 percent of 7th, 9th, and 11th grade boys say they have been bullied at school four or more times in the past year because of their race/national origin, and more than 1 in 20 say they have brought a gun to school. These and other key measures of adolescent safety, from data on bullying to gang involvement to school safety, now are available on kidsdata.org for school districts across the state.

These youth safety data come from the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS), a statewide survey of students that was developed and is administered by WestEd for the California Department of Education. For districts statewide, data are available by grade, gender, and race/ethnicity, as well as students´┐Ż feelings of connectedness to school, which is strongly correlated with these measures of adolescent safety.

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Key Facts About Kids in California

  • In California in 2006-08, about 8% of 7th, 9th, and 11th grade boys said they had brought a gun to school at least once in the year prior to the survey, and 3% said they brought a gun to school four or more times.

Use These Data in Your Work

Kidsdata.org is a public service that expanded in fall 2009 from the Bay Area to all cities, counties, and school districts in California. You can use these data, as well as related measures of child and youth safety and  emotional and behavioral health, in reports, presentations, proposals, advocacy work, program planning, and other efforts. Data on more topics will be phased in over the next several weeks.

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Kidsdata.org is designed to benefit everyone working on behalf of children and youth in California. To help others learn about this valuable resource, you can:

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  • Help raise the profile of children in your community by adding a link and facts from kidsdata.org to your organization's website or newsletter. You even can link directly to data for your community.

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Kidsdata.org is a free, public service sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, which is dedicated to raising the visibility of children’s issues in California.

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