Bullying Statistics


The Annual Bullying Survey 2015 found these key findings, a more detailed report can be found at the link detailed at the end of the page.


  • 50% of young people have bullied another person, 30% of which do it at least once a week.
  • 69% of young people have witnessed somebody else being bullied, 43% of which see it at least once a week.
  • 43% of young people have been bullied, 44% of which are bullied at least once a week.
  • Appearance is cited as the number 1 aggressor of bullying, with 51% saying they were bullied because of attitudes towards how they look.
  • 26% said their weight was targeted, 21% body shape, 18% clothing, 14% facial features, 9% glasses and 8% hair colour.
  • 23% a females with ginger hair cited their hair colour as the bullying aggressor.
  • Overall, 47% of young people want to change their appearance. 48% want teeth whitening, 17% breast implants, 6% liposuction and 5% botox.
  • 74% of those who have been bullied, have, at some point been physically attacked. 17% have been sexually assaulted. 62% have been cyber bullied.
  • As a result of bullying, 29% self harmed, 27% skipped class, 14% developed an eating disorder and 12% ran away from home.
  • Highest risk to bullying were the following groups: all types of disability, LGBT and low income backgrounds.
  • 40% of respondents reported being bullied for personal appearance 36% reported being bullied for body shape, size and weight.
  • Of those who were bullied, 98% were bullied by another student, 17% from a sibling, 13% from a teacher and 8% from their parents/guardians.
  • 55% reporting bullying. 92% to a teacher, 49% were satisfied. 86% to a family member, 82% were satisfied. 69% to a friend, 72% were satisfied.
  • 45% did not report bullying. 32% of which felt it would not be taken seriously, 32% were too embarrassed and 26% were scared of it getting worse.
  • Those who have bullied were more likely to be in trouble with the Police (36%) vs. witnesses to bullying (23%) and those who have been bullied (22%).
Statistics and further information can be found at : http://www.ditchthelabel.org/ANNUAL-BULLYING-SURVEY-2015/
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