According to NSPCC there are no official statistics on how many children are bullied in schools each year, however they provide the numbers on how many children call into ChildLine about being bullied.
In 2013 the Office of National Statistics reported that there were 13.3 million children in the UK.
According to the NSPCC 2013 review, almost 45,000 children called into ChildLine to talk about how they were being bullied.
In the same review it was reported 4,500 young people talked to ChildLine about on-line bullying.
More then 16,000 young people were reported to not be attending school due to being bullied.
Gov.uk state the law when it comes to a child being bullied.
But is it enough?
When a child is being emotional and physically scared from being bullied, who is to blame? The school for not protecting the child, the parents of the bully or the child being bullied?
Bullies tend to be screaming out for help and have developed their own anger from another source. Therefore should there be an education facility to help the bully along with the introduction into schools about the affects of bullying and what they can do.
Furthermore, what about the victim of the bully, what happens to them emotionally and physically? Should the bully be held responsible for their actions and be responsible for the care and the emotional re-build of their victim?
According to Bullying UK in 2006, 87% of parents had reported their child being bullied. However no official figures have been reported in 2013, only what was reported to ChildLine. It would be more as not every case of bullying is reported through ChildLine.
Bullying causes pain to not only the victim, but to their families and loved ones surrounding them. They can feel they have no power to protect their child once their child enters through the school gates.
The long term affects on a child being bullied can be they become emotionally withdrawn, self-harming, suicide thoughts, depression, panic attack, anxiety, irritable, angry and less confident in themselves and dis-trusting of others.
If you are bullying someone then stop, think about what you are doing.
If you are being bullied, speak up, it might be hard at first, however there are people around you who want to make sure you are safe.
Bullying out of the school gates can be deemed as harassment and abusive behaviour which can lead to a criminal record. Are nasty words, painful taunts and physical violence within the school grounds worth it? No.
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