Half of Britain’s children are worried about returning to school because of bullying fears

The Mail is reporting a new survey that suggests almost half of the UK’s children are worried about going back to school because of bullying fears…

New pencil cases and lunchboxes, shiny shoes and freshly ironed uniforms can only mean one thing – the start of a new school year.

But while some children are always going to be looking forward to a new term, a new survey shows that almost half of the UK’s children are worried about going back to school.

And it’s bullies in playgrounds across the nation who are responsible for causing huge amounts of concern for students getting ready to return to the classroom.

It’s little surprise that 60 per cent of parents are terrified of bullying when nearly a third say their child has already suffered at the hands of playground thugs.

The new survey by ITV’s This Morning was commissioned by the programme to find out what most children and parents are worried about heading back into the classroom.

They polled 2000 parents of school children aged between five-16 this week..

Bullies aren’t the only things causing sleepless nights – exams and homework are also top of the list of concerns for students.

More than one in four parents say their child suffers from exam-related stress, and almost half are concerned that their child is given too much homework.

For parents though, the biggest concern is stranger danger, with three quarters concerned about people approaching their kids on the way home…

More at: Half of Britain’s children are terrified about returning to school – but is it any surprise when A THIRD of pupils are victims of bullying?


If this survey is accurate it means an enormous number of children across the country are worried about bullying at school. Does this suggest the problem is bigger than generally acknowledged? Or are many of these fears based perhaps unrealised? Please let us know how you see it in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. LaCatholicState

    SchoolsImprove What an indictment of our schools! More Christ centered Church schools please….for the well being of our kids.

  2. Sam_Peepz

    SchoolsImprove Unsurprisingly. We are forcing our children to spend all day with people we would not want to spend 2 minutes with.

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