Today marks the beginning of 2015's Anti Bullying Week, a week where, we hope, a light can be shone on a huge issue facing thousands of young people ever day.
According to the finding's of charity Ditch The Label, an award winning UK anti-bullying organisation, 50% of young people have bullied another person with 43% having been bullied. Their annual bullying survey 2015 in partnership with 73 schools and colleges and 4,800 young people highlights the key issues surrounding bullying in 13-20 year olds.
They found that:
50% of young people have bullied another person, 30% of which do it at least once a week.
69% of young people have witnessed somebody else being bullied, 43% of which see it once a week.
43% of young people have been bullied, 44% of which see it once a week.
Appearance is sighted as the number 1 aggressor of bullying, with 51% saying they were bullied because of attitudes towards how they look.
26% said their weight was targeted21% body shape, 18% clothing, 14% facial features, 9% glasses and 8% hair colour.
Overall, 47% of young people want to change their appearance. 48% want teeth whitening17% breast implants, 6% liposuction, 5% botox.
74% of those that have been bullied have been physically attacked. 17% have been sexually assaulted. 62% have been cyber-bullied.
As a result of bullying, 29% self harmed, 27% skipped class, 14% developed an eating disorder and 12% ran away from home.
The highest risk groups to bullying are all types of disability, LGBTs and those from low income backgrounds.
40% of respondents reported being bullied for personal appearance, 36% being bullied for body shape, size and weight.
Of those who were bullied, 98% were bullied by another student, 17% from a sibling, 13% from a teacher and 8% from their parent/guardian.
55% reported bullying, 92% to a teacher, of which 49% were satisfied. 86% to a family member of which 82% were satisfied and 69% to a friend of which 72% were satisfied.
45% did not report bullying, 32% of which felt it would not be taken seriously. 32% were too embarrassed and 26% were scared of it getting worse.
Those who have bullied were more likely to be in trouble with the police (36%) vs. witnesses to bullying (23%) and those who have been bullied (22%).
We were really shocked by these statistics and cannot believe that in 2015 the amount of people being bullied is still so high. More than that we were also shocked to see how many people admitted to bullying and of all of this, how much appearance still has to do with people's bullying and insecurities.
These statistics need to be known and so if you have children, show them these, if you are at school, send them to your friends and all of you need to print these off and stick to them your fridge.
We need to work together to inject some positivity into young people and encourage them to be kind to each other and to themselves.
For more information on bullying please see the Ditch The Label website and if you are being bullied, or are bullying and need help please get in touch with them or call the Samaritans on 116123.