Bul­ly­ing af­fects kids aca­dem­i­cally

Whitsunday Times - - LIFE FAMILY LIFE -

A NEW study from the Mur­doch Chil­dren’s Re­search In­sti­tute has un­cov­ered that one in three boys and one in four girls aged eight to nine years are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing weekly bul­ly­ing at their pri­mary school. Fur­ther­more, the re­search showed the high level of fre­quent bul­ly­ing was hav­ing an im­pact on chil­dren’s aca­demic per­for­mance. The study found chil­dren who ex­pe­ri­enced bul­ly­ing had poorer aca­demic per­for­mance and the detri­men­tal ef­fect was stronger for girls than boys. The study sur­veyed 965 pri­mary school chil­dren. It is the first re­search to look at child-re­ported bul­ly­ing and us­ing NAPLAN as the marker of aca­demic achieve­ment. Chil­dren who were phys­i­cally vic­timised were found to be about six to nine months be­hind their peers on mea­sures of aca­demic per­for­mance. The find­ings pro­vide com­pelling ev­i­dence for the ben­e­fits of in­sti­tut­ing more bul­ly­ing pre­ven­tion in pri­mary schools.

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