Cyber-bullies more harmful: researcher

Posted in: Child Protection&Online Safety at 10/04/2010 23:22

Cyber-bullying has a more harmful effect on victims than face-to-face bullying but teachers lack the training to adequately deal with the growing problem, according to one of WA's leading cyber-bullying researchers.

Edith Cowan University Child and Adolescent Health professor Donna Cross said today that research revealed almost one in 10 young people surveyed reported being cyber-bullied on a regular basis and 25 per cent of young people said they had experienced behaviour which would be classified as cyber-bullying.

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