Wednesday, July 12, 2017

A New Study Says Offline Bullying Is Still A Much Bigger Problem Than Cyberbullying

A New Study Says Offline Bullying Is Still A Much Bigger Problem Than Cyberbullying:

A New Study Says Offline Bullying Is Still A Much Bigger Problem Than Cyberbullying

Despite the hype, children are much more likely to be bullied offline than on, and it's very rare for cyberbullying to happen on its own, according to a new report.



Despite widespread media concerns, cyberbullying is still a relatively rare event for British children – far less common than ordinary, face-to-face bullying, according to a new study.
The report, published in the journal Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, looked at questionnaires from 120,000 15-year-olds. It asked them whether they had been bullied in any of eight different ways, including two forms of cyberbullying. About a third – 36% of girls and 24% of boys – reported having been regularly bullied, in any way, in the last two months. But just 3% reported having been the victim of cyberbullying, and the study found that the impact of cyberbullying on children's mental health and wellbeing was small.
Even more dramatically, just 406 children out of the 110,000 who gave information on bullying said that they had been regularly cyberbullied and had not been bullied in the "real" world, compared to 27% who'd been bullied offline but experienced no bullying online.
The researchers say this shows that cyberbullying is usually simply one more tactic that bullies use against already-bullied children, and is not creating a new population of bullying victims.
"It's pretty disheartening stuff," Andrew Przybylski, a psychologist at the University of Oxford and one of the authors of the study, told BuzzFeed News. "About a third of 15-year-olds report significant bullying in their lives." But cyberbullying was only a small part of the story. In terms of children's wellbeing, he said, "cyberbullying accounts for less than one-tenth of 1% of the variation" that the researchers saw.
The study looked at children who are regularly bullied, rather than those who've experienced a single incident, because that is how most studies of traditional bullying are carried out, said Przybylski. "Well-meaning charities and pressure groups have put out these reports about the dangers of cyberbullying, and you hear horror stories in the news," he said. "But we found that [the debate] was missing a lot of the nuance that traditional bullying research has.
"It's as though health researchers were asking people, 'Have you ever been sick?'"
Instead, children were asked if they had been bullied at least two or three times in the last A New Study Says Offline Bullying Is Still A Much Bigger Problem Than Cyberbullying:

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