A survey of 10,000 12-20 year-olds carried out by Ditch the Label this year, found that 52% of those surveyed reported being bullied in the past 12 months.
With approximately 8.1 million pupils in all schools in England, this means that over 4,000,000 children and young people in our country could be going to bed worrying about bullying, having their learning opportunities, educational achievement and, potentially, their lives ruined because of it.
16,000 11-15 year olds are absent from school at any one time due to bullying. However, this depends on how absence is recorded in schools and is likley to be higher.
Recent research has shown that children are five times more likely to be bullied at school than at online. Moreover, it has established that, 90% of cases of online bullying had started at school.
The devastating and long-lasting effects of bullying on people are well known. Bullying presents a considerable threat to mental health and well-being and can trigger anxiety and depression. It causes considerable stress and in worse case scenarios victims have taken their own life. Children and young people frequently say that bullying is one of the main reasons they do not attend school.