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Statistics on bullying


March 2013


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Statistics on bullying collated from government reports and research.


  • 38% of young people have been affected by cyber-bullying.

  • 31,599 children called ChildLine in 2011/12 about bullying.
     



  • Almost half (46%) of children and young people say they have been bullied at school at some point in their lives.

  • 38% of disabled children worried about being bullied.

  • 18% of children and young people who worried about bullying said they would not talk to their parents about it.
From: Chamberlain, Tamsin, George, Nalia, Golden, Sarah, Walker, Fiona and Benton, Tom (2010) Tellus4 national report (PDF). London: Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF).



  • 29% of children and young people in England experienced bullying in 2009/10.
From: Department for Children, Schools and Families (2010) Local authority measures for national indicators supported by the Tellus4 survey (PDF). London: Department for Children, Schools and Families.



  • 31,599 children called ChildLine in 2011/12 (10% of calls) about bullying.
  • Between 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 ChildLine carried out 31,599 counselling interactions with a primary concern of bullying. This represents 10% of the total counselling interactions undertaken during that period.
  • Bullying was the main reason that boys called ChildLine.
From: NSPCC/ChildLine facts and figures. Contact the NSPCC Information Service for more information about ChildLine facts and figures.
   


  • Over half (55%) of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced homophobic bullying at school.

From: Guasp, April (2012) The school report: the experiences of young gay people in Britain's schools (PDF). London: Stonewall.

 

  • Between 8% and 34% of children and young people in the UK have been cyberbullied, and girls are twice as likely to experience persistent cyberbullying than boys.
From: Department for Education (2011) The protection of children online: a brief scoping review to identify vulnerable groups (PDF). London: Department for Education.



  • 38% of young people have been affected by cyber-bullying, with abusive emails (26%) and text messages (24%) being the most common methods.

  • 28% of children did not tell anyone about the abuse.
From: Tarapdar, Saima and Kellett, Mary (2011) Young people's voices on cyber-bullying: what can age comparisons tell us? London: The Diana Award.



  • A survey of pupils in England estimates that 16,493 young people aged 11-15 (4.4%) are frequently absent from state school or home educated because of bullying.
From: Red Balloon (2011) Estimating the prevalence of young people absent from school due to bullying (PDF). London: Red Balloon.



Further reading

ChildLine Casenotes 
A series of reports based on detailed analysis of calls to ChildLine, a free confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK provided by the NSPCC.



Contact the NSPCC Information Service for further information on bullying, statistics or any child protection topic