A Closer Look

Bullying Statistics / Before workplace bullying

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.

via Bullying | statistics | NSPCC.

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