Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Some State Laws Appear To Have Reduced Instances Of Bullying, Cyberbullying Among Teens.

The CBS News (10/6, Welch) website reports that according to a study published online Oct 5 in JAMA Pediatrics, “some state laws have helped significantly reduce instances of bullying and cyber-bullying among teens.”
        The NPR (10/6, Shallcross) “Shots” blog reports that after examining “data from more than 60,000 high school students in 25 states,” the study authors “found that when a state’s anti-bullying laws included at least one of 16 key components from the Department of Education, students in that state were 24 percent less likely to report being bullied and 20 percent less likely to report being cyberbullied.”
        HealthDay (10/6, Reinberg) points out that the study also revealed that “rates of bullying and cyberbullying varied by state.” Among those states studied, Alabama reported “the lowest rate of bullying,” while “South Dakota had the highest bullying rates.”

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