Middle school students aren't hurling names and epithets like they used to or being targeted by hate-related graffiti at school as much as in the past. And they are less afraid of being attacked or harmed at school and less likely to avoid certain places within their schools for fear of an attack than they have been in the past, new data from the National Center on Education Statistics show.

A number of indicators measured by nationally representative data about middle and high school students indicate that some experiences students think of as bullying are diminishing, although the trends are the opposite for some students, depending on the type of behavior and the students' age.