Bullying affects kids academically
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.