Study: Half of Latin American Sixth Graders are Bullied

Posted on August 9, 2011 • Filed under: Argentina, Colombia, Culture, Social Issues

A Unesco study reveals that 51.1% of sixth grade students in 16 Latin American countries have been victims of theft, as well as verbal and physical abuse, inflicted by their fellow students, Vistazo reports. Students that are victims of bullying perform significantly worse in reading and math than students who are not. Colombia had the highest rate of theft between students of this age among countries studied, while student in Argentina experience the highest rate of physical and verbal abuse. Cuban students suffered the least in all three categories. Additionally, the presence of bullying was much less frequent in rural schools in most countries. Read Article

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