We try to address bullying in every form imaginable, and these Bullying Facts in Britain are surprising even to us. Bullying isn’t just a national crisis, it has become a global epidemic. Not only are our children constantly being faced with bullies tearing away at their confidence and self-esteem, we are seeing more and more adults fighting bullies in the workplace and in social groups.
Bullying Facts In Britain
- 30% of young people bully someone else at least once a week. This number is an astounding concept. To think that nearly 1/3 of your child’s class at school is a bully is appalling and frightening.
- As a result of bullying 14% of children have developed an eating disorder of some kind. Attacks on physical traits are the most commonly occurring types of bullying. Eating disorders are very often a result of a child being told they are not physically good enough. 14% of children go home each day and do not eat healthy because they have been bullied about how they looked. That is 14% too many.
- Only 55% of bullying is reported to an adult or authority figure. Many children do not believe that reporting it will do any good. Others are afraid of being harmed or bullied themselves for tattling on the bully to someone in authority.
- Nearly 70% of school aged children in Britain have witnessed another child their age being bullied this week. Nearly 3/4 of the children your child knows have been bullied today. Can you name children you think are being bullied in your child’s school? You have probably come into contact with at least a few of them today.
- Physical appearance is still the number one reason behind bullying in children and teens. From being too skinny to wearing the wrong brands of clothing, physical appearance is still the most common reason a child is bullied. This is an epidemic that is growing worse, and is teaching our children that if they do not conform to what is considered the normal way to look, they are not good enough.
- Those who are in lower income, LGBT community or have a physical or mental disability are the most likely to be bullied by others. Preying on those who are weak or outnumbered is a common practice by bullies.
Bullying facts in Britain is nearly identical to what we have seen in the United States and Canada. With upwards of half of our children being bullied in their schools on a regular basis, it is time to take a stand no matter where we live and fight to change these bullying facts in Britain, the United States and Canada.
Do any of these bullying facts in Britain surprise you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.