A review of 70 studies looking at 200,000 children suggests parents who “buffer” children from negative experiences make them more vulnerable.
But children who have harsh or negative parents are most likely to be bullied, it finds.
Professor Dieter Wolke said everyone looked at schools, but his study says bullying really starts at home.
The University of Warwick-based psychology professor said he was expecting to find that children with the harshest parents were most likely to become prey to bullies.
But he said he was somewhat surprised to discover that children with over-protective parents were also at an increased risk of bullying.
‘Deal with conflict’
He said: “Although parental involvement, support and high supervision decrease the chances of children being involved in bullying, for victims – overprotection increased this risk.
“Children need support…
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