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bullying statistics and facts
Did you know that, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, close to half of all children will experience school bullying at some point while they are at primary or secondary school.
At least 10 percent of children are bullied regularly. Child bullying is a serious problem in schools around the World, and can leave lifelong and traumatic emotional and mental damage to a young impressionable child. Child bullying can seriously harms the healthy growth of a youngster and also damage their own self-image, confidence, the way they see themselves and, most sadly, the way in which they see their own selves in their community and in the world at large.
Children who are bullied can be stunted emotionally and socially, as well as see their schoolwork suffer. In some cases, serious depression and attempted suicide can result from childhood bullying.
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DEFINING & analysing CYBERBULLYING
Cyberbullying is defined as aggression that is intentionally and repeatedly carried out in an electronic context (through e-mail, twitter, instagram, text messages) against a person who cannot easily defend him- or herself. (e.g., Kowalski, Giumetti, Schroeder, & Lattanner, 2014).
Kowalski and co-authors (2014) identify the following types of cyberbullying:
** flaming (i.e., an online fight)
** harassment (i.e., repetitive, offensive messages sent to a target)
** outing and trickery (i.e., soliciting personal information from someone and then electronically sharing that information with others without the individual’s consent)
** impersonation (i.e., posing as the victim and electronically communicating negative or inappropriate information with others as if it were coming from the victim)
**cyber-stalking (i.e., using electronic communication to stalk another person by sending repetitive threatening communications)
**sexting (i.e., distributing nude pictures of another individual without that person’s consent)
Research also reports that teen girls are more likely to use social media to communicate, which could expose them to more negative outcomes such as cyberbullying (APA, 2017).
what are the symptoms of bullying?
According to a research study (Kowalski, Giumetti, Schroeder, & Lattanner, 2014), cyberbullying is linked to anxiety, depression, substance abuse, difficulty sleeping, lack of concentration increased physical symptoms, decreased performance in school, absenteeism and truancy, dropping out of school, and, suicide.
Many parents are concerned that their child might be a victim of a child bullying. Some of the signs that a child is being bullied include:
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