THE BRONX - The New York City Department of Health has released new reports on bullying in the city's schools.

Data collected from 2011 shows that 18 percent of New York City high school students claim they have been bullied. 

The reports shows 13 percent of girls and 9 percent of boys are victims of cyberbullying.

The Bronx anti-bullying nonprofit organization Throggs Neck La Famiglia says that ignoring signs of bullying or not standing up against it could lead to more than just emotional and physical pain. La Famiglia CEO Christian Claudio says that once a child starts thinking about suicide the natural progression is to eventually commit suicide.

Experts say that one way to prevent bullying is for parents to be on the frontlines. Something as simple as asking their children if things are troubling them could go a long way.