Annual Bullying Survey 2020
Since the first edition in 2013, The Annual Bullying Survey has established itself as an invaluable benchmark of bullying behaviours in the United Kingdom. This annual report uncovers the climate and culture surrounding bullying, whilst also uncovering a wider range of challenges presented to young people today.
This year, the report delves deeper into the mental wellbeing of young people; exploring issues such as loneliness, poor mental health and
revealing the biggest contributors to issues such as depression and anxiety in young people.
This report highlights that bullying as a whole has increased by 25% year-on-year. It could be argued that political fall-out is a significant
contributor, with 1-in-3 of the young people surveyed saying that they believe the behaviour of politicians influences how people treat each other at school.
When asked about loneliness, a quarter of the young people we surveyed told us that they feel lonely all of the time. A sad irony in
a society that is apparently “more connected than ever before”.
Is social media really making us happier? Previous research uncovered that social media was a leading contributor towards low self-esteem and poor body image in young people, this report continues to identify that the half of those bullied felt they were targeted because of attitudes towards their physical appearance. 14% of respondents never like themselves, with a further 24% saying that they do but only rarely.
When asked broadly about their mental health, 42% said they have battled with anxiety, 25% with depression and 21% with suicidal thoughts. School pressures, exams, body image, feelings of loneliness and bereavement were referenced as the leading contributors to poor mental health.