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. 

People

There were almost 26,000 counselling sessions with children about bullying last year.

Explanation: 25,736 counselling sessions with young people in 2014/15, who cited bullying as their main concern.

Bullying was the biggest reason for children aged 11 and under to contact ChildLine (25% of children aged 11 and under) and the third biggest reason for children aged 12-15 (9% of 12-15 year olds).

Bullying was the second biggest reason for boys to contact ChildLine (12% of boys) and the third biggest reason for girls (9% of girls).

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.

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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