Giovedì, 20 Settembre 2018
NAPLES

Bullying on rise among youth in Italy, study shows

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Naples, April 16 - Acts of bullying by kids against
other kids are on the rise, according to a new study presented
Tuesday in Naples, with some 30% of interviewed youths claiming
to have been victims of "cyber-bullying" or some type of threat
on the Internet.
The findings were presented by a non-profit organization
called Label together with the Second University of Naples and a
regional policy institute.
Label was established by the social services of the
Campania Region, of which Naples is the capital, with the aim of
helping school kids and personnel deal with issues of bullying
by peers.
The research indicates that the bullying phenomenon is
fairly widespread and in recent years has taken on both
homophobic and Internet slants.
Some 60% of children who are bullies in their youth are
likely to become delinquents, use drugs, abuse alcohol and spend
time in jail as they get older, according to the study's
findings.
Interviews were carried our on 4,760 children, ranging from
elementary to high school grades.
According to Dario Bacchini, a professor of psychological
development in Naples, the interviews showed how "the act of
bullying is a systematic abuse of power. Bullies have support
networks, they want to drive their victims into submission and
almost always there are specific modes of action for boys and
girls".
"An act of bullying always carries psychological
consequences for both victims and bullies themselves," Bacchini
said.
Based on the interviews, boys were the victims of bullying
less often than girls (19% vs. 23%).
Boys often face acts of violence, like physical abuse,
while girls more often face exclusion from peer groups.
As regards acts of cyber-bullying, Annamaria Palmieri, the
Naples city education councilwoman, notes how it is more often
found among better-off social classes.

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