Bullying and victimization have been topics of concern for all of us who care for children. While numerous articles are written on this subject trying to identify risk factors that lead to bullying as well as ways to remedy it, it seems that the problem just doesn’t go away and perhaps is getting worse. To look at trends over the past decade in bullying, Waasdorp et al. ( 10.1542/peds.2016-2615) studied the prevalence of bullying between 2005 and 2014 using self-reported data by students in grades 4 to 12 who were enrolled in 109 schools in Maryland during that time period. The authors share with us ongoing trends in bullying and discover that there was significant improvement in 10 out of 13 indicators of bullying including cyberbullying. There is also good news in student “self-awareness” of bullying in that they self-report that their school environments are more sensitized to bullying prevention and are working hard to combat this problem. So what might be leading to this decrease in the prevalence of bullying?
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