Bullying and cyberbullying
Bullying is usually targeted behaviour that is repetitive and persistent. It can have long-lasting effects on children and young people’s mental health and academic performance.
A 2018 ONS report found that 17% of young people had been bullied in the past year. The proportion of young people reporting being bullied was higher in the younger age groups: 22% of 10-year-olds said they had been bullied, compared with 8% of 15-year-olds.
Bullying can be harmful and affect children and young people’s mental health in a number of ways.