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Face-to-face bullying much more common than cyberbullying

ISSUE: Face-to-face bullying continues to be a common problem for teenagers

"CHILDREN SUFFER significantly more face-to-face bullying than online abuse," reports the Mail Online.

UK researchers questioned nearly 300,000 15-year-olds about their experiences of bullying in the biggest study of the subject to date.

They found 30% of the teenagers who replied experienced regular "traditional" physical, verbal or relationship bullying, while 3% experienced both traditional and "cyberbullying", such as being on the receiving end of unpleasant text messages or social media posts. Less than 1% experienced online bullying only.

Teenagers who reported being bullied twice a month or more were likely to have poorer mental wellbeing than those who weren't bullied that often.
But because the study was just a snapshot in time, we don't know whether poorer mental wellbeing was caused by the bullying.

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Oxford and was published in the peer-reviewed journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health.

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