Study: Bullying differs depending on child’s special need

Kids with learning disabilities are more likely to be bullied in person while kids with physical disabilities are more likely to be bullied online, a new study by the University of New Hampshire found.


According to the researchers, 30 percent of youth ages 10-20 surveyed reported experiencing some form of victimization.


“We hope these findings help schools consider the context in which these events occur and possible ways to minimize risk to all youths, including those with disabilities or those receiving special services in schools,” the researchers said in the study.


The researchers said they believe that peer-to-peer programs that give youth leadership skills and opportunities to partner with school staff will be most successful.


“We need to focus on helping youths learn how to take care of each other and feeling safe talking to trusted adults,” researchers said.

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