Although summer vacation is here, children are still at risk of being bullied, according to a new study.

Dr. Jennifer Caudle of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine states that children get bullied not only at school, but also in summer camp and via portable devices, such as smart phones and tablet computers.

Dr. Caudle explained:

“Bullying can happen wherever kids gather – in school, at summer camp or in cyberspace. Bullying isn’t just limited to the classroom. Talking with your kids about bullying is just as important in the summer as it is during the school year – especially when it is time to head to summer camp.”

A recent survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that more than 16% of high school students (grades 9-12) reported they were bullied via electronic means (texting, e-mail, websites, instant messaging, or chat rooms).

22.1% of female studies reported being electronically bullied versus 10.8% of male students. Results showed that girls in 10th grade were more likely to be bullied online than boys in 10th grade, 24.2% vs. 18.1%, respectively.

In addition, the survey revealed that 19.8% of 11th grade girls were bullied online and that more than 1 in 5 students were bullied on school grounds.

Dr. Caudle concluded:

“Talking with your child about bullying is key – during the school year and during summertime. Make sure to ask questions; ask if they’ve experienced bullying or seen other kids being bullied. When talking with your children, be compassionate and let them know you are there to listen and that they can count on you for support. Remind them, too, that the two basic rules about bullying apply everywhere, including summer camp. They are: treat everyone with respect and tell an adult if they see bullying happen or are involved in bullying.”

Written by Grace Rattue