WCBE Stories
4:14 am
Fri November 30, 2007

School bullies extend their territory online

Columbus, OH – Bullies at school are nothing new. Brash, tough-talking, food or money-stealing kids who often push, shove and embarrass others transcend generations. But Ohio University professor Christine Bhat says bullying has now gone digital in the form of intimidating e-mails, instant messages and web-pages. Bhat says thousands of kids are picked on by cyber-bullies everyday, in addition to traditional bullying estimates, which say it takes place every 7 minutes on the playground and every 25 minutes in the classroom. Two out of every 10 kids are being bullied and 1 out of every ten becomes a bully. Doctor Kathy Burns serves as the medical director for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County. She talks with Mike Foley about those statistics and the latest form of bullying.