Bullying: Young people admit to a fear of ‘being different’

Children and young people are worried about appearing to be “different”, with many admitting that they would change aspects of themselves to avoid bullying.

In a study carried out ahead of Anti-Bullying Week this week, pupils also raised concerns that they are not given enough information about what to do if they fall victim to bullying.

The research involved 1,600 young people aged from eight to 16 and found that 52 per cent worry about being seen as “different”.

Forty per cent admitted that they would hide or change aspects of themselves because of fears of bullying.

Of those who admitted as such, a majority said that they would most likely alter the way they look to avoid bullying.

Despite this, the poll found that 96 per cent of the young people believe it is important to be yourself.

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