But in-person interactions in school also mean some kids will be bullied—and whether they are defended or not is based on their social status, according to a new University of Michigan study.

Victims who have a positive relationship with their classmates are more likely to be defended.

“Our findings confirm that students do not defend random classmates; instead, defending choices (or motivations) likely depend on positive (liking or a friendship) and negative (disliking) relationships with the victim as well as with other classmates within the peer network,” said Ashwin Rambaran, the study’s lead author and a research fellow in the U-M Department of Psychology.

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