I’m A Friend Statistics on Bullying among Children in Ireland

  • Almost a quarter (23%) of 9 – 16 year olds surveyed experienced some form of bullying on line or off line.
  • The majority of bullying takes place “face-to-face”, with just 4% online.
  • Bullying “face-to-face” is something of a constant, while the occurrence of online bullying rises steeply with age.
  • Younger children , 9-10 years of age, claim to be bullied the most (28%), well above the European average of 17%.
  • 68% of parents did not know that their child had been bullied on line.
  • 24% of 15-16 year olds also say they have bullied others.
  • The impact of cyberbullying is striking – 52% of all children who have been bullied online said that they were very upset. For 42% this has a lasting effect.
  • 28% of victims tried to fix the problem themselves.

Source; O’Neill, B., & Dinh,T. (2013). Cyberbullying Among 9-16 year old children in Ireland.

DIT Centre for Social and Educational Research.


Statistics on Bullying among Children in the UK, From a 2015 Anti-Bullying Survey among 13 -20 year olds

  • 50% of young people have bullied another person, 30% of whom do it at least once a week.
  • 69% of young people have witnessed somebody else being bullied, 43% of whom see it at least once a week.
  • 26% said their weight was targeted, 21% stated body shape, 18% clothing, 14% facial features, 9% glasses and 8% hair colour.
  • 45% did not report bullying, 32% of whom 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%).

(Source: www.Ditch the, 2015 Annual Bullying Survey 2015)

Impact on people who bully
While the statistics relating to those who experience bullying are alarming in relation to its impact on the victim, there are many negative consequences for the bully also. Apart from bullying being evidence of a range of factors from social and emotional immaturity to possibly sadistic behaviour, the studies show that a high proportion of people who bully do not fare well in life afterwards. For example, in the United States it is estimated that one quarter of all individuals who partake in bullying at elementary school will have a criminal conviction by the age of 30.
Studies in Scandinavia bear out these results, with many bullies going on to abuse spouses and partners into the future.

Bullying in the Workplace Statistics from a survey conducted in Ireland

  • 7.9% of participants experienced bullying within the previous 6 months (when grossed up from the sample to the population of all those in work at the time of the survey, plus those who had been at work in the six months prior to the survey, this is equivalent to 159,000 individuals).
  • Approximately 20% report that they have taken sick leave directly because of bullying.
  • Over 48% indicated that has had a negative effect on their life outside work.
  • 60% of respondents who experienced workplace bullying considered quitting their jobs.
  • The vast majority of respondents discussed the matter informally, both inside and outside of work. However, over 50% discussed the bullying with a supervisor and just under 25% referred the matter to the Personnel/H.R. Department. Around 20% used a grievance procedure at their place of work, while 17% of respondents who experienced bullying in the workplace referred the matter to a trade union or staff association.

Source : ERSI Report on “Bullying in the Workplace (2007).


UK Statistics

  • A study conducted in the UK in 2011 reported that six out of 10 public sector employees had either been bullied themselves or had witnessed bullying in their workplace.
  • The majority of those polled in the Unison survey – 53% – said they would be too scared to raise concerns over bullying in the current climate, compared with just 25% two years ago.
  • But if people at work are not speaking out about bullying, it does not mean they are not suffering its effects. There is a clear link between increased bullying and rates of workplace stress and sickness absence.

Source – 2011 Unison Union UK


US statistics

  • In a survey conducted in the US – 27% of employees have current or past direct experience with abusive conduct at work.
  • 72% of Americans are aware of bullying that takes place within the workplace.

Source ; Gary Namie, PhD, Research Director,Assistance from Daniel Christensen & David Phillips

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