64% of children have seen someone being bullied because ‘they were different’

Startling statistics gathered by the Anti-Bullying Alliance at the National Children’s Bureau have revealed over 50% of children are worried about being perceived as ‘different’ by fellow pupils within the school environment.
The survey, that recorded findings about more than 1,500 children in England, also suggested that 64% of children have come across someone being bullied because they were ‘different’. 40% of the pupils surveyed also admitted they would hide aspects of themselves to prevent being bullied.
Martha Evans, Coordinator of the Anti-Bullying Alliance, explained to TES:
“This poll shows that some children are worried about being themselves for fear of bullying. They worry about many things that might make them “stand out” including their appearance, disability, culture, or religion. It is so important that we learn to celebrate the things that make us all different, and are clear that it is never OK to bully someone.”
The results of the survey, published just days before Anti-Bullying Week started on Monday, suggested 36% of children think their teachers do not do enough to educate them about bullying.
However, with time a precious commodity for school staff, Evolve Health Mentors are supporting teachers in such areas. The young role models are deployed with a focus to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing for pupils in schools, often allowing time to support the most vulnerable children.
Engaging mentoring sessions are utilised to support children in focussed areas, with some of those centred around the continuous playground problem of mentoring. Various animation activities are also organised to ensure children are positively engaged throughout lunchtimes and playtimes, diminishing levels of boredom that are often the focal points of problems on the school playground.
To find out how a Health Mentor can support your school, contact Josh Cronin on josh@evolvesi.com or keep an eye on our social media content.