Cyber-bullying in kids increases with age

Cyber-bullying in kids increases with ageNew York:  While verbal and physical bullying decrease as children age, cyber-bullying increases, especially among girls, says a study.

Bullying increases as students graduate from elementary to middle school and, overall, girls are more likely to experience verbal/relational and cyber victimisation than boys, the findings showed.

“Schools will only be free from bullying when interventions are gender- and culturally-sensitive and address all types of bullying,” said Cixin Wang, an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside in the US.

“School-based interventions need to address the differences in perpetrator and victim experiences,” she added.

“The key is to use individualised specific interventions for bullying, not a one-size-fits-all approach,” Wang noted.

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