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Bullying a top concern for Generation Z, survey shows

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Oct 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-02 18:32:51-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - With school back in session, bullying is a concern for parents and kids. According to a new survey from Boy Scouts of America, bullying took the top spot as the number one concern for Generation Z.

“Verbal bullying and cyberbullying are our big problems,” said 14-year-old Katrina Gusman.

Gusman has been focusing her time on improving her community and the lives of her peers.

“We volunteered for a few hours; it was a really fun experience,” said Gusman.

A recent survey by Boy Scouts of America shows 32 percent of kids from 6 to 17 years old believe bullying is the biggest issue in our country. 30 percent of kids say they want to combat bullying globally.

In California, the homeless crisis is also taking a toll on Generation Z. According to the survey, 29 percent of kids in California believe homelessness is the biggest issue in our state.

“There are people who might be sleeping in other people's houses or with their grandparents because their parents can't find jobs,” said Gusman.

It may be due to the prevalent homelessness in California. The White House Council of Economic Advisers found 47 percent of all unsheltered homeless people nationwide live in California.

Gusman believes giving back is the first step. She hopes other people will step in to help change the landscape long-term.

“I think raising awareness – if more people are aware then we can try to get solutions,” said Gusman