One in 10 students has missed school due to bullying

A quarter of children say they are bullied at least once a week and one in 10 has missed school as a result.

Research published to coincide with Anti-Bullying Week this week calls for action from technology companies, government and schools.

It is based on a survey of more than 1,000 students aged 11 to 16 which found that 24 per cent had been bullied at least once a week during the last six months.

Three per cent – which equates to one child in every classroom – said they are bullied every day.

As a result, 11 per cent said they had missed school due to bullying, 14 per cent had changed their route to and from school, and 19 per cent have avoided friends.

The bullying took place mainly in school (83 per cent), although a quarter of incidents (26 per cent) happened on the way to and from school and a third took place online (30 per cent).

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