Almost a third of young bullied over last year

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Almost 30 per cent of six to 15 year olds have reported being bullied in the past 12 months, but the significance of cyberbullying could be overstated, with children almost five times more likely to be bullied in school.

These were two of the findings of a major research study, commissioned by Immediate Media Co, in conjunction with the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) to launch a campaign called Hands Up! Let’s Stop Bullying For All.

The research found that 87 per cent of bullied children have faced it in school.

Almost one in five has been exposed to bullying via social media, despite 40 per cent of children perceiving that cyber bullying has increased in the past year. The findings show bullying remains rife, with some 65 per cent of six to 15 year old youngsters reporting either witnessing or being bullied in the past year. However, 56 per cent of respondents are unsure of how to get help if they or someone they know is being bullied, while 15 per cent of those being bullied have not told anyone.

Other key findings include:

• A third (33 per cent) of respondents do not consider ‘leaving out or excluding other children’ to be bullying.

• Over eight in 10 bullied children told their mum about being bullied. Around half had told a teacher and slightly less had told their dad.

• Nearly one in five (17 per cent) bullied children have had to miss school as a result of bullying and one in five (21 per cent) has taken a different route to school to avoid bullies.

• The majority (54 per cent) of parents of children aged five and under are concerned about their children being accepted.

• Two in five parents of children aged five and under who attend nursery/reception have experienced them coming home upset.

• Nearly half (48 per cent) of respondents would be nervous about telling someone about bullying.