Youngsters live in fear of ‘big school’ bullies


The majority of primary school pupils are worried about being bullied when they start secondary school, and 52% think there is more bullying in secondary school than in primary school.

That’s according to a new survey released by Parentdish and BeatBullying, the leading international anti-bullying charity.

As schools around the country re-open, BeatBullying and Parentdish spoke to over 800 children aged 8-15, and found that other common concerns about starting a new school.

Fifty-eight percent of primary school pupils were worried about being bullied when they start secondary school, with most concerns about being bullied for being too clever or not clever enough (56%), followed by not being good at activities like sports (48%), or not having the latest phone or games console (48%).

This contrasts with their experience at primary school, where the main reason that young people were bullied was because they were good at something such as playing a music instrument (43%).

Secondary school pupils felt that there was a lot more bullying at secondary school than primary, with the main reason cited for bullying being either too clever or not clever enough (69%), their tastes in music or TV (49%), or for not being good at activities such as sports (44%).

Worrying about fitting in is also a common concern, with over half (53%) of secondary school pupils admitting to lying to make themselves look better to their peers, most commonly about what they do at the weekend (64%).

Common ways that young people are bullied at secondary school include verbal abuse (74%), having their personal belongings stolen (41%), and being physically attacked (35%). Worryingly, a significant amount of bullying appears to be taking place under teachers’ noses in the classroom (74%).

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