Brand-new research on bullying shows young men are more likely to be currently bullied  

Holly Turner (she/her)
Editorial Communications Manager
Three young people are sitting on a wall

New research on young people and bullying from YouGov and The Mix

Leading digital youth charity, The Mix has worked with YouGov on some new research on young people and bullying for Anti-Bullying Week. They have released a new whitepaper which reveals that males are slightly more likely to say that they are currently being bullied than females.

This is a contrast to research from the past two years which suggests that females are more likely to be bullied (a government study from the DfE in 2018 showed that almost twice as many girls were being bullied).

The research shows that females (26%) are more likely to experience cyberbullying than males (17%). The data also shows that 60% of young people are either currently bullied or have been bullied at some point in their life. This is a huge number of young people whose lives are being impacted by bullying.

Interesting regional data also shows that young people in Scotland are nearly three times more likely to say they are currently being bullied. Young people from Scotland were also most likely to say that they have been bullied in the past (63%).

How do young people feel about the impact of bullying?

“Like I didn’t want to exist. This lasted for many years and I felt helpless because I was too scared to tell anyone.”

“Like I was worthless, I got rid of all social media and my phone for a year and a half because of it. it would really tear me apart, I felt like I wasn’t wanted wherever I went.”

A young man who is a volunteer and member of The Mix community is available for interviews to speak about his recent experience of both school and cyberbullying and the impact it has had on his mental health and self esteem.

The Mix launches new hub page for bullying support

The Mix wants young people to know that whether they have experienced bullying, or whether they have been accused of bullying behaviour, they are not alone and are deserving of support. The Mix are there to offer that support, and their services are free and non-judgemental. They’ve just launched a brand new bullying hub with support and information for young people: https://www.themix.org.uk/bullying-support

The Mix Chair, Andrew Harrison commented:

“Having experienced bullying when I was young, I know the impact that bullying behaviour has on one’s self-esteem, confidence, and mental health. It would be great to say that it has changed since I was at a school, but through the eyes of my own children and through the results of the YouGov survey we have commissioned, we can see that it hasn’t. In fact, the sheer numbers of young people who are suffering remains shocking and with the growth of social media, smartphones and an always-connected world, it is now so much worse than in my day.

We know young people are desperately seeking support for this. When I was 15, I had no one to talk to and had to come to grips with it on my own. I live with the effects of it to this day. I got involved with The Mix because I didn’t want young people like my former 15-year old self to be struggling alone, with no one to turn to. I’m now Chair of the Trustees and I’m so proud of the work that the team do, reaching millions of young people to make sure there is always someone there to help with information and non-judgemental support.”

Notes to editors:

Media enquiries: Holly Turner (Editorial Communications Manager, The Mix): [email protected]
Press number: 07766660755

 

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Published on 19-Nov-2020

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