Ditch the Label announces findings of Annual Bullying Survey 2015

Charity survey reveals UK teenagers’ experiences of bullying

The anti-bullying charity, Ditch the Label , have published the findings of a survey of 3,600 young people between the ages of 13-18 . Their annual survey reveals that:

    • 51% of young people bullied because of their appearance
    • 26% of young people bullied because of their weight
    • 13% of teens have been bullied by a teacher

ChildLine held over 5,000 counselling sessions with young people about their appearance and body image during 2013/14.

"ChildLine not only gave me the strength to confide in others which resulted in me receiving the right help but they have also given me confidence in myself."
Lola* / Overcame bullying with the help of ChildLine

Lola* was a victim of bullying when she was younger and agreed to share her experience and how ChildLine helped her build her confidence back.

"When the bullying begun my social anxiety worsened, everything I said got knocked down so I stopped saying anything. I couldn’t get myself involved in activities, I didn’t leave the house and I did not want to speak to anyone. At 14, all the comments triggered my eating disorder. Not eating was the one thing that I was able to have control over that no one else could comment on.

"As time went on I then began feeling depressed. I found it difficult to go school, I had no motivation and I didn’t want to leave my bed as I felt worthless to everyone.

"I called ChildLine they gave me the strength and reassurance that I needed. The thought of calling ChildLine frightened me as I didn’t like speaking to people and did not have the confidence to either, thankfully ChildLine also provide an online chat service on their website.

"ChildLine not only gave me the strength to confide in others which resulted in me receiving the right help but they have also given me confidence in myself."

It is important that young people know that bullying is wrong and that they can get help

Commenting on the findings from Ditch the Label's report, Sue Minto Head of ChildLine said:
"These figures are shocking and correlate with what we are hearing from young people here at ChildLine. In 2013/2014 we held over 5,000 counselling sessions with young people who spoke about body image issues - the majority of which took place with girls.

"Young people told us that bullying, name-calling and being victimised about weight often led to them developing body image issues – and sadly they strongly believed that by changing their body it would result in them being socially accepted.

"It is so important that young people know that bullying is wrong and that they can get help, no matter what they’re going through. We would encourage any young person with a concern to contact ChildLine."


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Liam Hackett, Founder and CEO of Ditch the Label said:
"Our Annual Bullying Survey 2015 cites attitudes towards the appearances of young people as the most common reason for bullying in the UK. The implications of appearance-based bullying are significant and can have devastating, long-term impacts."

Anyone worried or concerned about a child being bullied can visit our tips and advice on bullying and cyberbullying.

*DISCLAiMER

Names have been changed to protect identity. Photographs have been posed by models.