Posted December 13, 2018 06:30:59 When you think of bullying, you probably think of the likes of Katie Hopkins and Katie Rich.
But a new study has found that kids are often more likely to be the victim of bullying than the bullies themselves.
The findings are published in the journal Child Maltreatment.
They come as the government looks to crack down on the growing trend of bullying in schools, particularly in the UK.
While the survey found that students were bullied at a higher rate in schools where bullying was more common, this was not a significant factor in the rate of bullying among teachers.
“What we found was that in a subset of schools, where bullying is most prevalent, teachers reported more bullying incidents than teachers who were not bullying,” said the study’s lead author, Katherine Brown, an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
“In other words, there’s no relationship between bullying and being a bully.”
Brown and her colleagues wanted to understand why bullying rates in schools could vary so much.
To do that, Brown and colleagues asked 6,000 students to fill out a survey, which asked about their bullying history, bullying behaviors and other characteristics.
The data also included the students’ age and gender.
The students also filled out questionnaires about their academic achievement and social relationships.
Brown and the team then ran a statistical model to predict how much bullying a student experienced over time.
“It’s a lot more complex than just looking at the frequency of incidents,” Brown said.
“We looked at a number of other things, too.”
One of those was bullying behavior, which included physical and verbal abuse.
The team also examined how the bullying might be related to other students’ behavior.
Brown said it could be a sign of a bullying problem.
“That’s not to say there aren’t other ways that kids might be being bullied.
But the more serious cases that we looked at, the higher rates of bullying we found were among kids who were more likely than their peers to have been bullied,” she said.
Brown hopes the results can help educators to better understand the nature of bullying.
“Kids have a hard time being a little bit different,” she told Business Insider.
“So they can’t seem to identify with the bully as an individual.
It’s an invisible bullying that is not recognized by anyone.
It makes it very difficult for the kids to identify what’s going on.”
She also said that students who experienced bullying were often more at risk of bullying themselves.
“The research shows that we’re not getting rid of bullies,” Brown added.
“Bully culture is an epidemic, and we need to be doing everything we can to make sure we’re taking steps to protect the kids who are being bullied.”