Study: 47% of 14-year-olds ‘are bullied’; boys more so

Nearly half of 14-year-olds in England have experienced some sort of bullying, a study of 10,000 teenagers for the government suggests.

Name calling and cyberbullying – where the victim faces threats and insults via mobile phones and the internet – were the most common forms.

After these came being threatened with violence, being excluded by friends and facing real violence.
The study did not say if the bullying had taken place once or more often.

According to the long-term study for the Department for Children, Schools and Families, some 47% of 14-year-olds reported bullying. This dropped to 41% among 15-year-olds and 29% of 16-year-olds.

The most common type was name calling and cyberbullying, while the least common was being forced to hand over money or possessions.

Those with a disability were more likely to face name calling and to be excluded from friendship groups than those without.

Children with special educational needs, caring responsibilities or those having to spend some time in care were also more likely to be bullying victims.

Overall girls were more likely to be bullied than boys at the age of 14 and 15.

They were also more likely to face name calling and be excluded from friendship groups. Full story.


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