Most kids tar­geted in pri­mary school

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

AL­MOST three quar­ters of Aus­tralian chil­dren have their first en­counter with a bully dur­ing pri­mary school.

A sur­vey of more than 1000 Aus­tralian stu­dents in Years 7 to 10 found 72 per cent who had been bul­lied were first tar­geted in pri­mary school, while a fifth were first bul­lied in Year 7. The McCrindle Re­search study, com­mis­sioned by youth ac­tivist Brett Mur­ray, re­vealed most stu­dents felt that bul­ly­ing was a mod­er­ate to ex­tremely se­ri­ous is­sue in their com­mu­nity.

Sixty-three per cent of high school chil­dren had been bul­lied at school, while al­most half were bul­lied in places in­clud­ing parks, shops and near pub­lic trans­port hubs.

More than half of sur­veyed stu­dents said that bul­ly­ing had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on them, while the same num­ber said they avoided go­ing to places where they might be tar­geted again.

The most com­mon form of bul­ly­ing is ver­bal, fol­lowed by phys­i­cal ag­gres­sion and cy­ber­bul­ly­ing per­pe­trated through email or so­cial net­work­ing web­sites such as Face­book.

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