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J Adolesc. 2010 Feb;33(1):237-40. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2009.06.001. Epub 2009 Jul 1.

Brief report: Text bullying and traditional bullying among New Zealand secondary school students.

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Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Dunedin school of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. louise.marsh@otago.ac.nz

Abstract

This descriptive study examined text and traditional bullying in New Zealand (NZ), and the relationship between text bullying and traditional bullying, and feeling unsafe at school. A self-report online survey assessed the frequency of bullying among 1169 15 year old secondary students, for five categories of bullying: text messages, rumors, exclusion, teasing, and physical bullying. Results show that in the school year assessed 47% reported having been bullied sometimes or often and 37% reported bullying others; 11% reported being text bullied, while 7% reported text bullying others. Students involved in text bullying were significantly more likely to be involved in traditional forms of bullying and were less likely to feel safe at school.

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