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Does age make a difference?

Key statement

Many studies have found that the number of children who report being bullied decreases with age.
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Comment

This finding - that more younger children than older children report that they have been bullied, begs a number of questions:

- Are younger children more likely to report bullying because they are more trusting of adults?
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Do teenagers find it more difficult to admit to being bullied because to do so would conflict with a natural desire to appear 'grown up' and 'able to look after yourself'?
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If this reported reduction in the number of bullying victims matches the reality, what is the cause? Are older children less likely to bully others than younger ones? As people grow older do they learn to avoid being bullied?
(Andrew Mellor)
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Do you want to find out more?

More 1 - 1990 Sheffield study
More 2 - South Australian survey
More 3 - Norwegian study
More 4 - Strathclyde survey
More 5 - English survey
More 6 - Reasons bullying decreases
More 1 - 6 on one page!

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