Study: Cyberbullying Reports Overblown

ORLANDO Face-to-face bullying is far more common than cyberbullying, according to a new study.

Cyberbullying is a low-prevalence phenomenon, which has not increased over time and has not created many new victims and bullies, according to a study by psychologist Dan Olweus of the University of Bergen in Norway. In Olweus’ U.S. sample, 18% of students said they had been verbally bullied, while only about 5% said they had been cyberbullied.

Olweus’ research also found that 80%-90% of cyberbullied youth were also bullied verbally or physically in-person.

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