Think You Know What Your Child’s Up to Online? Think Again

(HealthDay News) — Parental perceptions can be way off when it comes to what their kids are exposed to while surfing the Internet, according to a new study that puts an e-spin on the enduring generation gap.

The survey of 456 parent-child pairs revealed that although nearly one-third of the 10- to 16-year-olds polled said they had been bullied online, just 10 percent of parents were aware of that.

Parents also underestimated how often their child was exposed to online pornography, the survey found.

Such parent-child disconnects highlight the need for greater parental involvement in their child’s cyber world, the researchers said.

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Making Sure ‘Back to School’ Doesn’t Mean ‘Back to Bullying’

HealthDay News — For some children, the start of school means the beginning of bullying.Despite widespread efforts to deal with the problem, bullying is a persistent issue in schools, says Donna Henderson, a professor of counseling at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C."The goal is to create a no-bullying environment for children. It’s hard because we live in a world that accepts violence, intimidation and power as currency in life," Henderson said in a university news release.

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Grades May Suffer When Teens Get Bullied

HealthDay News — Bullying may contribute to a drop in high school students’ grades, especially if they’re black and Hispanic teens who are high achievers, a new study has found.Researchers compared the grade point averages GPAs of 9,590 students from 580 U.S. high schools. The students were asked if they experienced bullying in grade 10.

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Bullying’s Scars May Last a Lifetime, Experts Say

HealthDay News — Because millions of kids in the United States are affected by bullying, some people may shrug it off as just a part of growing up. But experts warn that it should be treated as a serious issue and not accepted as normal childhood behavior.Estimates indicate that nearly 30 percent of U.S. teens — or about 5.7 million — have bullied someone, been targeted by bullies or both, according to the National Youth Violence Prevention Center.Widespread use of the Internet has also taken bullying to a new frontier in online chat rooms, email and on social networking sites. Facing this growing problem, experts at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., warned that if bullying is not addressed head-on, this very real problem could do lasting harm to children’s health and well-being.

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Bullied Kids Showing Up in School Nurses’ Offices

(HealthDay News) — Elementary school children who were victims of peer bullying — along with the bullies themselves — made more frequent visits to a school nurse’s office with complaints of physical illnesses and injuries than their other classmates, according to new research out of Kansas.

"The message is, a child might be getting frequent stomachaches from being picked on," said Eric Vernberg, lead author of the study and director of the Child and Family Services Clinic at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

The research, published in the May issue of Pediatrics, revealed a useful strategy for detecting aggressive interactions among children that may otherwise go unrecognized, added Vernberg.

"If a child is frequently showing up at the nurse’s office with a fever or vomiting and no obvious illness, it might reflect the visit is related to victimization and to some extent aggression," Vernberg said. He added that when a student often visits a school nurse and parents get calls about their child complaining of stomachaches, "it’s certainly worth examining the child’s relationship with [his] peers."

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