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What can children who tell expect from adults?

When children in an English study were asked what happened after they told a teacher they were being bullied, just over half said that teachers sometimes or almost always did something about it. When asked what happened when they told other pupils, half of the primary pupils said the other pupils would intervene, while only 38% of secondary pupils said peers would step in. So children felt that teachers were more likely to step in to help than other pupils.
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Article details

I Whitney and P Smith (1993) 'A Survey of the Nature and Extent of Bullying in Junior/Middle and Secondary Schools' in 'Educational Research', Volume 35, Number 1, Spring.
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Peter SmithAuthor details

Professor Peter K Smith is Head of the Unit for School and Family Studies, Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths College, London. He has been involved in bullying research for a number of years and has published widely on this topic.

Peter Smith may be contacted by email, and the website of the Unit for School and Family Studies at Goldsmiths College may be found here.
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