Children who use self-deprecating humour among their peers are more likely to be bullied, researchers say.
A study from the University of Keele has examined links between bullying and different styles of playground humour.
It found that some positive types of humour were used by children to raise their status and show social skills.
But researchers found children who were victims of bullying were more likely to make “self-defeating” jokes at their own expense or about their appearance.
The boundaries between bullying and teasing and “just joking” have always been blurred, but this study of more than 1,200 children aged 11 to 13, has examined how different forms of humour are associated with bullying and aggression.
Psychologist Dr Claire Fox says that humour can be deployed positively as a weapon to prevent bullying.
She says the “class clown” can be a classroom success, demonstrating their “social competence” by…
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