Bullying is not on the rise and it does not lead to suicide

Kelly McBride, , Oct 29, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting counterpoint to what has become a leading media narrative. Kelly McBride writes, "There is no scientific evidence that bullying causes suicide. None at all. Lots of teenagers get bullied (between 1 in 4 and 1 in 3 teenagers report being bullied in real life, fewer report being bullied online). Very few commit suicide. Among the people who commit suicide, researchers have no good data on how many of them have been bullied. It is journalistically irresponsible to claim that bullying leads to suicide." I would also say: there are good arguments to be made against bullying without having to add that it leads to suicide.

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