NZ second worst in OECD for teen bullying - survey

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New Zealand has been rated the second worst among comparable countries for teenage bullying in an international survey of over half a million 15-year-olds. 

A wellbeing survey also showed some teens spend up to six hours a day at the weekend online.
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The 2015 study of 15-year-olds’ wellbeing found 26.1 per cent reported they experience bullying a few times a month - putting New Zealand second in the OECD. 

Teens also report spending more time than ever online.

The survey found teen online use peaks at the weekends, with 28.2 per cent of Kiwi kids spending six or more hours online.

That’s above the OECD average, but behind other countries like the UK and Spain.

But Netsafe executive director Martin Cocker says it's not the time spent online that matters, it's what the teens are up to.

“If they're using technology really constructively then being online is not a problem at all. If they're online just consuming content or harassing people or something like that then, yeah, we can be concerned about what they’re doing,” he said.

The survey found those teens who spent more than six hours online on a school day were less likely to be satisfied with their life. 

Three to six hours a day spent online is the norm for Christchurch teen Blair Stevenson. 

“Usually while I'm watching a show I'll just browse through my Facebook or look at Instagram on my phone,” he said.

But there's a negative side to so much internet interaction and Blair gave these examples of girls bullying him.

“Her and her friends would like comment things like ‘oh when he goes up get his award at the end of term assembly let's all boo him.  Whenever he says anything he just makes me want to kill myself’.” 

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