New survey reveals the extent of bullying in schools
November 9, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid
A recent survey suggests that ‘one child in every classroom has been bullied every day over past six months,’ the Independent reports.
The pole of young people in England by the Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) found that 45% of the 11 to 16 year olds said they had experience face to face bullying and 34% said they have experienced bullying online at least once the last six months.
Director of ABA, Martha Evans, said: ‘Children who experience bullying are at higher risk of experiencing a range of mental health issues and leaving school with fewer qualifications.’
‘The impact of bullying can last well into adulthood,’ she added.
The survey also found that 4% of pupils were being bullied each day either face to face or online, ABA said that this is the equivalent of one child in every classroom.
Evans commented on the findings, saying: ‘We are urging adults to role model the “choose respect” message, and help us stop bullying in schools to prevent it from affecting so many children’s lives.’
Calls to eating disorder helpline Beat have risen since the airing of Hollyoak’s bulimia storyline.
According to the BBC, there were more calls made to the charity in October than ever before. It is thought that this soap had a big impact on this increase.
The show saw character Cleo suffer with heart attack as a result of her bulimia.
18 year old Praise Lawal-Okeowo, from London, who is recovering from bulimia, praised the show. She told the BBC: ‘The story of Cleo is probably one of the most accurate portrayals of bulimia I’ve seen.
‘Her eating disorder wasn’t at all glamourised, which is what the media often tends to do. Her lips were crusted, her hair was frail.’
‘With Cleo’s storyline, I think Hollyoaks have covered every single aspect of bulimia and it could help people now suffering and know how to seek help,’ she added.
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