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Study: Half of high school students admit to bullying.

Bullying Prevalent in All Schools

Social media has its evil dark side:  cyber bullying.  It’s caught the attention of the White House and now studies indicate the prevalence of cyber bullying among high school students, but probably middle school age kids as well … it’s just not tracked is this particular set of studies.  There is no distinction between inner city and suburban schools so I also wonder if that skews the results.  An interesting point:  cyber bullying is much less prevalent in private schools.  Why do you suppose that is?  Is it greater involvement of administrators and teachers in students’ social issues?  Is it because they can expel and reject problematic students and therefore the bad eggs all end up in public school? (Where apparently they lead a rampage of bullying both on and off the computer).  What do you think?  Has anyone experienced cyber bullying in their households?  Advice for us?  Thanks!

The full article is here.  Highlights below.

Here are some related posts:

Top 10:  Tips to Reduce Bullying and Cyber Bullying (from eSchool News)

Anti-Cyber Bullying Tactics Need To Be Taught at School (Pittsburgh Post Gazette.com)

Girl Bullying on the Rise?  Hannah Montana to Blame (NY Times)


Study: Half of high school students admit to bullying

By the CNN Wire Staff
Half of all high school students say they have bullied someone in the past year, with nearly as many saying they have been the victims of bullying, according to a new study released this week.
  • Bullying is just as common at public and private schools
  • Violence is much less common outside of public schools
  • One in 10 students admit to bringing weapons to school
  • The study of the “Ethics of American Youth” released Tuesday surveyed more than 40,000 high school students and has been conducted every other year since 1992.
  • The study by the non-profit Josephson Institute of Ethics also found that one-third of all high school students say that violence is a big problem at their school, and nearly one in four say they do not feel very safe there. The problem is much less pronounced at private schools, where the figures drop to less than 10 percent in those two categories.
  • The study was released on the same day that the Obama administration issued new guidelines for educators on how to address the problem of bullying and harassment in schools.

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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