It’s something I’ve known from other studies, but this new research from the University of Warwick, published in European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, confirms it: cyberbullying is mostly an extension of playground bullying — and doesn’t create large numbers of new victims.
- Cyberbullying doesn’t create large numbers of new victims
- Most bullying is face-to-face – with cyberbullying used as a modern tool to supplement traditional forms
- 29% of UK teenagers reported being bullied – only 1% were victims of cyberbullying alone
- Bullying intervention strategies should focus on traditional bullying as well as cyberbullying
From the press release:
Professor Dieter Wolke in the Department of Psychology finds that although cyberbullying is prevalent and harmful, it is a modern tool used to harm victims already bullied by traditional, face-to-face means.
In a study of almost 3000 pupils aged 11-16 from UK secondary schools, twenty-nine percent reported being bullied…
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