Bullying and cyberbullying Facts and statistics

There are no official statistics on the number of children who are bullied. But from research studies and from what children tell us, we know that bullying is an issue that affects almost all children in some way. 

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There were over 25,700 counselling sessions with children about bullying last year

Explanation: 25,740 counselling sessions with young people in 2015/16, who cited bullying/cyber bullying as their main concern.

See also Indicator 7 in How Safe are our children? 2016

Over half of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people have experienced homophobic bullying at school

Explanation: Survey of 1,614 lesbian, gay and bisexual young people aged 11 to 19 in England, Scotland and Wales.

More than 16,000 young people are absent from school due to bullying

Explanation: Based on a survey of children in England aged 11-15. Children were identified as “absent from school” either because they has frequently missed school – at least 28 missed half-days a year; or because their parents had elected to home-educate them. The figure of more than 16,000 is based on parents who gave bullying as the main reason for the child not being in school.

People

There were 7,296 counselling sessions with young people who talked to Childline about online bullying and safety last year

Explanation: 7,296 counselling sessions with  young people who contacted Childline for support and advice on how to deal with being bullied via social networking sites, chat rooms, online gaming sites, or via their mobile phones.  This also included online safety concerns such as online identity theft, hacking and scams.

To find out more see our most recent Childline annual report "Always there when I need you": ChildLine review: what's affected children in April 2014 - March 2015.

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