General Article Online bullying in England and Wales: year ending March 2020

Topic Selected: Bullying Book Volume: 380

Estimates of the prevalence and nature of online bullying among children using data from the  10–15 year olds’  Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW). 

Main points

  • There is no legal definition of bullying, but it is often described as behaviour that hurts someone else, physically or emotionally, and can happen anywhere - at school, at home or online.
  • Around one in five children aged 10 to 15 years in England and Wales (19%) experienced at least one type of online bullying behaviour in the year ending March 2020, equivalent to 764,000 children.
  • More than half (52%) of those children who experienced online bullying behaviours said they would not describe these behaviours as bullying, and one in four (26%) did not report their experiences to anyone.
  • Being called names, sworn at or insulted and having nasty messages about them sent to them were the two most common online bullying behaviour types, experienced by 10% of all children aged 10 to 15 years.
  • Nearly three out of four child...

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