Most abuse takes place at school, says survey



Half of children have been bullied with most of the abuse taking place at school, a study has revealed…reports Asian Lite.

childhood obesityA quarter of young people said they were picked on because of the way they look and 13 per cent think they were targeted because of their weight.

The figures, revealed in a OnePoll survey, showed almost 49 per cent of children aged seven to 18 had been bullied with most of the abused taking place in the playground, during break times and in the classroom.

Six out of 10 children said they had seen other people being bullied at their school and 80 per cent of victims said it happened in front of other people.

The news comes a month after British schoolchildren were reported to be unhappier than children in Ethiopia and Algeria because they are bullied, left out by their peers and under pressure to look good, reports The Telegraph.

The ten-year study ranked English children 14th out of 15 countries for overall life satisfaction, just ahead of South Korea, and scored low for aspects related to their “self” and school, according to the University of York research.

The report examined the experiences of 53,000 children across 15 countries and it found bullied youngsters in England are six times more likely to have low well-being than those who had not been bullied.

This week’s survey was commissioned to launch Good Morning Britain’s Action! Against Bullying campaign.

The campaign is calling on schoolchildren to make a one minute anti-bullying film with the winner being shown in cinemas.

Susanna Reid, Good Morning Britain presenter, described the findings as “shocking” and told The Telegraph: “We hope that Good Morning Britain’s Action! Against Bullying will help raise more awareness around bullying particularly amongst schoolchildren.”