At the start of anti-bullying week, the Guardian is reporting that bullying and violent behaviour has declined in schools in England over the past decade but more than one in 10 now say they have experienced cyberbullying.
According to the DfE’s study, there are 30,000 fewer children in England facing bullying than a decade previously, thanks to sharp falls in violent threats and physical attacks, while the proportion experiencing the most common forms of school-age bullying – name-calling and social exclusion – remained similar.
“As part of our commitment to delivering social justice we are helping teachers and charities end the scourge of bullying in our schools. We are determined to tackle any barriers which stop pupils attending school and learning so they can fulfil their potential,” Morgan said…
The report’s authors said that the new figures represented “a significant estimated decrease” in bullying.
“We estimate that 30,000 fewer year 10 pupils experienced bullying in 2014 than would have been the case if the rates of bullying were the same as they were in 2005,” the report concluded.
The survey of more than 10,000 young people in England found that the proportion of pupils experiencing regular bullying – around 7% – was much the same as the previous 2005 survey. The largest decline was for those who experienced acts of bullying less often than once a month.
Overall, 36% said they had experienced some form of bullying in the previous 12 months, compared with 41% in the 2005 survey.
The figures also chart the rise of the new category of cyberbullying, via social media and mobile phones. While school-age children in 2005 were not asked about cyber-bullying, 11% of the latest cohort said they had experienced it, with the majority of cases taking place outside school.
Girls appear to be more at risk from cyberbullying, with 15% reporting that they had experienced it during the previous year, compared with just 7% of boys…
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Are you surprised at all by the suggestion from this study that bullying appears to be on the decline in schools, at least amongst those not reporting it as a regular occurrence?
If so, why would you say that is the case?
What more can be done about the regular bullying – including cyberbullying – that still blights so many young lives?
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