Facts and statistics on bullying and cyberbullying

Facts and statistics on bullying and cyber bullying

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Below we have compiled a list of facts and statistics on bullying, including cyber bullying and the impact it can have on young people.

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Prevalence of bullying


-          Bullying is the main reason why children aged 11 years and under contact Childline (1).

-          Bullying is the leading concern for boys contacting Childline (1).

-          45% of young people experience bullying before the age of 18 (8).

-          36%  of young people aged 8 to 22 are worried about being bullied at school, college or university (10).

-          38% believe their school, university or college doesn’t take bullying seriously (10).

Impacts of bullying

-          More than 16,000 young people are absent from school because of bullying (6).

-          83% of young people say bullying has a negative impact on their self-esteem (8).

-          30% of young people have gone on to self-harm as a result of bullying (8).

-          10% of young people have attempted to commit suicide as a result of bullying (8).

-          Those who have been bullied are more than twice as likely to have difficulty in keeping a job, or        committing to saving compared to those not involved in bullying (7).

-         People who have been bullied are at greatest risk for health problems in adulthood, over six times more likely to be diagnosed with a serious illness, smoke regularly, or develop a psychiatric disorder           compared to those not involved in bullying (7).

Cyberbullying/online bullying


-          Over the last three years there has been an 87 % increase in the number of Childline’s counselling sessions about online bullying (1).

-          40% of 7 to11 year old respondents know someone who has been cyberbullied (3).

-          7 in 10 young people aged between 13 and 22 have been a victim of cyberbullying (9).

-          An estimated 5.43 million young people in the UK have experienced cyberbullying, with 1.26 million subjected to extreme cyberbullying on a daily basis (9).

Young peoples' behaviour online

-          60% of 13 to 18 year olds have been asked for a sexual image of video of themselves (1) 

-          20% of 7 to 11 year olds surveyed said they had needed to report content online, but hadn’t done so because they didn’t know how to make a report, they didn’t know what a report was, and/or they didn’t think it would help (3).

-         27% of 7 to 11 year olds said they have seen something on the internet in the last year that upset or worried them (3).

-          41% of 11 to 19 year olds said they have seen something on the internet in the last year that upset or worried them (3).

-          96% of young people age 11-19 use some form of online communication tool (3).

-          72% of 11-15s and 92% of 16-19s use social networks, with a particularly rapid increase in take up from 11 years (46%) to 13 years (84%) (3).

-          16-24 year olds who use social media spend almost one and a half hours on it per day (4).

Homophobic bullying


-          Over two in five gay pupils who experience homophobic bullying attempt or think about taking their own life as a direct consequence (5).

-          Three in five young people say that bullying has a direct impact on their school work and straight-A students have told us it makes them want to leave education entirely (5).

-          More than half (55 per cent) of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people experience homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools (5).

-          Ninety six per cent of gay pupils hear homophobic remarks such as ‘poof’ or ‘lezza’ used in school. Almost all (99 per cent) hear phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school (5).

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