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New Research: Rising Popularity Can Lead To Bullying

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SALISBURY, Md. - Appearance and sexual orientation are two reasons bullies often target their victims, according to some psychologists.

New research says becoming more popular in middle and high school can increase the risk of being bullied. Experts say climbing the social ladder for teens can often lead to a higher risk for gossip, harassment and even physical attacks from rivals looking for that same status.

"We at least need to pay attention to is the level of empathy that children have for each other," said Dr. Kathy Seifert, a psychologist at Eastern Shore Psychological Services. "It is also going to play apart whether someone is going to bully another person or not."

Dr. Seifert says there are two ways that can help stop bullying in schools: teaching children to be competitive but also respectful and to help bullies seek mental health help.

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