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It doesn’t matter how much your parents earn. It doesn’t matter how much your parents earn. Bullying picture via stefanolunardi/Shutterstock

Who are more likely to be bullies – poor kids or rich kids?

Bullying is the repeated and systematic abuse of power with the aim of causing intentional harm. Examples of bullying have been found in all societies, including among modern hunter-gatherers and in ancient…
I didn’t get the joke. I didn’t get the joke. Young child via Cheryl Casey/Shutterstock

Why children with autism often fall victim to bullies

Bullying can affect anyone at any time, but young people with autism are especially vulnerable. The results can be devastating. Not being able to keep up with the teasing banter that often takes place…
Bruises fade, but stress stays on. Bruises fade, but stress stays on. Teenager bullying image via Helder Almeida/Shutterstock

The health impact of childhood bullying can last a lifetime

It is still not clear how the experience of being bullied in childhood translates into long-lasting health problems. A new US study has found that victims of bullying have high levels of a protein in their…
Teaching kids how to be emotionally intelligent can prevent behaviour such as bullying. Teaching kids how to be emotionally intelligent can prevent behaviour such as bullying. Shutterstock

Preventing bullying with emotional intelligence

In school, emotions matter. Not only do children with anxiety and aggression have difficulty focusing and learning, they also tend to be victims or perpetrators of bullying. Whether it’s old-fashioned…
One pupil posted online that a teacher’s skin was ‘covered in potholes’. One pupil posted online that a teacher’s skin was ‘covered in potholes’. Dave Thompson/PA

Cyberbullying by parents and pupils takes toll on teachers

A new survey by the teachers union NASUWT has provided further evidence to confirm that teachers too, as well as pupils, can be targets of online bullying. In the research, just more than a fifth of the…
Homophobic bullying is a problem that needs urgent attention in Queensland schools. Homophobic bullying is a problem that needs urgent attention in Queensland schools. Bullying image from www.shutterstock.com

Why Queensland schools are failing gay students

There has been a series of disturbing homophobic bullying incidents in Queensland schools in recent months. Some of the cases reported in the media included a Brisbane student being allegedly told by male…
Robbie Farah has called for Twitter trolls to be made accountable for their actions … but he could be in strife himself. Robbie Farah has called for Twitter trolls to be made accountable for their actions … but he could be in strife himself. AAP/April Fonti

Farah twitter storm shows it’s women who are trolled the worst

Online harassment against two prominent Australian personalities within the last fortnight has ignited fresh calls for the regulation of cyber “trolling”. The recent episodes experienced by television…
The blogosphere is a sewer of frothing, often anonymous, swill. The blogosphere is a sewer of frothing, often anonymous, swill. Flickr/joeshoe

Hate mail and cyber trolls: the view from inside public health

The Charlotte Dawson troll saga shocked many Australians, with revelations of vile tweets, death threats and online intimidation. Nobody should have to endure this kind of abuse, but unfortunately it’s…
Praising kids all the time might lead to inflated self-esteem and low regard for others. Praising kids all the time might lead to inflated self-esteem and low regard for others. Flickr/ymc_photos

Can excessive parental praise turn good kids into bullies?

When most people picture the typical school bully, they think of a kid who is likely to have been bullied themselves. A child with low self-esteem who is trying to make themselves feel better by picking…
Focussing on health and safety responsibilities is a key development in addressing workplace bullying. Focussing on health and safety responsibilities is a key development in addressing workplace bullying. AAP

Shining a new light on bullying risk

Workplace bullying is one of the most contentious workplace issues. Against the backdrop of a forthcoming National Code of Practice on preventing workplace bullying, a recent investigation by Worksafe…
Despite reports of increasing false workplace bullying claims, most complaints are genuine. Despite reports of increasing false workplace bullying claims, most complaints are genuine. Omar_Gurnah

False workplace bullying claims – we’re not seeing an epidemic

Workplace bullying is one of the most emotive issues in modern business. A recent article in the Weekend Australian Magazine deals with the issue of false claims of workplace bullying and how costly they…
Bullying has been around since ancient times. Bullying has been around since ancient times. Wikipedia/Otto Van Veen

Bullies beware: you’re now stalkers under Victorian law

Recent changes to the Victorian Crimes Act now mean that repeated acts of bullying are now classified in Victoria under the criminal offence of stalking. In theory, if not in practice, bullying – either…

Research and News (3)

Popular school students get bullied too

The stereotype that popular kids don’t get bullied has been busted by a new study that found becoming more popular at school…

Research Briefs (7)