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Online learning has contributed to a decrease in cyberbullying

Despite warnings from psychologists who fear an across-the-board increase in bullying as the education industry moves online.

A new study by Boston University has found that online learning has led to a 33 per cent and 20 per cent reduction in Google searches for the keywords 'bullying at school' and 'cyberbullying', respectively.  According to the study's authors Andrew Bacher-Hicks, Joshua Goodman, Jennifer Green and Melissa Holt, this fact contrasts with the belief that moving schools online would greatly increase bullying.  Interestingly, cyberbullying increased during the summer break in 2020 and began to decline again after the school year restarted.  However, after schools went back offline, bullying rates didn't return to pre-covid levels.

Among the reasons why bullying has declined, researchers cite a lack of offline contact with the perpetrators of bullying.  Another reason is the increased structured time spent online, that is time spent studying rather than mindlessly scrolling through feeds.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five schoolchildren gets bullied offline each year, and one in six is bullied online. In addition, a new study highlights that both the perpetrators and victims of bullying have psychological problems.

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Lectera is once again in HolonIQ’s list of top 100 most innovative EdTech startups 

Every year the US analytical centre HolonIQ compiles the rating of the best EdTech companies from Russia and the CIS countries. Lectera re-enters the list for the second time.

American teachers refuse to conduct classes online

US school principals have proposed that educators allow quarantined children to attend offline classes online via video streaming, but teachers are dead-set against the proposal.

Scientists in the US plan to create an artificial intellect that can teach adult students

The US National Science Foundation is going to spend $220 million on this project. 

Students from India protest against offline exams

Students at Punjab University, located on the India-Pakistan border, have held a protest rally.