Bullying: The Statistics and Facts

Statistics show that most children will have some experience of bullying. That doesn't necessarily mean that they themselves will become a victim of a bullying. Below are some bullying statistics and facts. Bullying - Statistics and Facts
According to BBC figures, eight out of 10 children will be bullied at some time in their young lives. 

  • ChildLine recently announced a 42% rise in the total number of children counselled by the charity about bullying – the biggest annual increase in the charity's 18-year history. In the year April 2003 to March 2004, more than 31,000 young people spoke to a ChildLine counsellor about bullying – up from just over 21,000 during the previous 12 months. 
  • Bullying is the single biggest reason for children to call ChildLine and now accounts for one in four calls to the free, 24-hour helpline.
  • Almost half of the children calling ChildLine in 1999, who were contemplating suicide, identified bullying as the prime cause.
  • In a recent government survey, a quarter of children questioned admitted that they were sometimes afraid to go to school because of bullying.
  • In 1999, The Law Society of Scotland distributed leaflets throughout Scotland to inform children of their legal rights and telling them that they didn't have to put up with bullying. 
  • The government have recognised how bad the problem of bullying in schools has become. They recently gave schools in England and Wales new powers to exclude pupils who persistently bully.

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