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Has the COVID-19 pandemic
lessened bullying at school?

Students reported far higher rates of bullying at school before the COVID-19 pandemic than during the pandemic across all forms of bullying” general, physical, verbal, and social—except for cyber bullying,, where differences in rates were less pronounced. The findings come from a study published in Aggressive Behavior.

The study surveyed 6,578 Canadian students in grades 4 to 12. There were certain patterns seen in previous reports:

  • Girls were more likely to report being bullied than boys.
  • Boys were more likely to report bullying others than girls.
  • Elementary school students reported higher bullying involvement than secondary school students.
  • And gender diverse and LGTBQ+ students reported being bullied at higher rates than students who identified as gender binary or heterosexual.

Most pandemic studies suggest notable threats to the wellbeing and learning outcomes of children and youth. Our study highlights one potential silver lining—the reduction of bullying, said lead auuthor Tracy Vaillancourt, PhD, of the University of Ottawa. Reducing bullying is important because it negatively affects all aspects of functioning, both in the immediate and in the long-term. Given the strikingly lower rates of bullying during the pandemic, we should seriously consider retaining some of the educational reforms used to reduce the spread of COVID-19 such as reducing class sizes and increasing supervision.

Prolonged sitting linked to impaired work
performance during the COVID-19 pandemic

In a study published in the Journal of Occupational Health, workers who had to sit for long periods of time during the COVID-19 pandemic reported worsened job performance.

In the survey-based study of 14,648 workers in Japan, 15% of workers said that pandemic-related changes in the work environment worsened their work performance, 4% said it improved their work performance, and 81% said it caused no change. Although telework both improved and worsened performance, sitting for long periods of time was associated only with worsened performance.

The COVID-19 pandemic provided us a chance to reconsider the traditional working style. As our paper suggested, we should avoid a long sitting duration to maintain performance, said lead author Kenta Wakaizumi, MD, PhD, of the Keio University School of Medicine, in Tokyo.


Some of the CME Batch-3 course participants which included Mudassar Ali Roomi, Dr. Sundus Tariq,
Dr. Saba Tariq, Dr. Shabana, Dr. Adeela Shahid and others photographed with Dr.Fatema Jawad
Chief Editor JPMA and Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences
during the second contact session 
on September 15, 2021.

Dr. Sundus Tariq from University Medical & Dental College Faisalabad earned the maximum marks in two
tests during the First and Second Contact sessions of CME Batch-3 just concluded at University of
Sciences. Picture shows Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid Course Coordinator presenting her a
memento on September 17th 2021.

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