The online survey aimed to capture adults’ and young people’s concerns about bullying and students going back to school in the new academic year. The survey was rolled out Monday 10th August and closed on Wednesday 19th August, and the sample was obtained through social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter. Respondents were mostly based in the UK, however some individuals from outside the UK also participated in the survey.
In total 1,865 young people from the UK completed the survey. Most respondents (72%) were in secondary school and some (25%) in sixth form/college.
From a sample of 1,865 young people in the UK, we found that:
- More than a third of young people (36%) are worried about returning to school because of bullying
- Over half (52%) of young people are worried about someone else being bullied when they go back to school
- 45% of young people have reported being bullied everyday
- Almost three-quarters (73%) of young people reported that bullying made them think about avoiding certain areas in school
- 42% of young people claimed bullying kept them up at night
- 41% of young people claimed they changed their eating habits because of bullying
- 7 in 10 (70%) of young people claimed the bullying made them think about changing their appearance
- Nearly 1 in 4 (24%) of young people reported that bullying made them feel suicidal
- Over half (52%) of young people reported that bullying made them feel depressed
The survey results revealed that young people are not only worried about themselves going back to school, but also concerned for their peers. The damaging impact of bullying was also captured by the survey, as students expressed feelings of depression and misery, alongside a desire to change their eating habits, sleeping patterns, and appearance because of the bullying they have faced.
In total 578 adults in the UK completed the survey and around three-quarters of respondents were aged 18-44.
From a sample of 578 adults in the UK, we found that:
- Just over two thirds (67%) of adults admitted they were bullied in school
- Over half (54%) of adults claimed they were bullied every day at school
- Just over two thirds (67%) of adults didn’t ever feel comfortable telling anyone about the bullying
- Almost a quarter (22%) of adults claimed the bullying made them feel suicidal
- Half (50%) of adults are still affected by the bullying they face today
- Nearly a third (27%) of adults are concerned about their child or relative going back to school
- Over half (58%) of adults reported that they now perceive schools in a negative way as a result of their own experience of bullying at school
The survey highlighted the long-term ‘scarring’ impact of bullying on adults, as half of them expressed that bullying still affects them today, in terms of their confidence levels, conceptions of schooling, and concerns for their child or relative returning to school. These statistics are also supported by the textual analysis of the adult response to the question
“How does bullying affect you today?”
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