A third of secondary school pupils polled in survey say they have been bullied during the Covid-19 pandemic

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19th November 2020 10:01 - Education

A third of secondary school pupils say they have been bullied during the Covid-19 pandemic: A survey of high school students in England has found that one in three say they have experienced bullying during the Covid-19 pandemic, with increasing numbers of incidents being reported online. 

The survey by the Anti-Bullying Alliance polled 2,000 pupils and found that 38% were worried about bullying ahead of going back to school in September for the new academic year. 

Amongst those who said they had experienced bullying, around a fifth (19%) said it happened once a week, while 7% said they experienced it every day. 

Asked where the bullying has taken place, almost two-fifths (38%) said it had happened online, up from 29% in the same survey conducted last year before the coronavirus crisis. 

Children were asked what they believe makes young people less likely to be bullied, with 65% saying that having many good friends helps to protect them. Also, the survey found that the number of children saying they had more than just one 'close friend' has fallen to 86%, from 91% before the lockdown began in March. 

Asking those who have been bullied when it typically happens, almost three-quarters (74%) said they experienced it in school, while just over a quarter (26%) said it happened as they made their journey to school. 

Martha Evans, director of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, 

"Be it online, in the community or in school, we all have a part to play and it’s time we came together, friends and family, classmates and colleagues, and unite against bullying."

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