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One out of three teens is bullied worldwide – UNESCO report

The Global school-based student health survey (GSHS) is a collaborative surveillance project designed to help countries measure and assess the behavioral risk factors and protective factors in 10 key areas among young people aged 13 to 17 years.

The GSHS is a relatively low-cost school-based survey which uses a self-administered questionnaire to obtain data on young people’s health behavior and protective factors related to the leading causes of morbidity and mortality among children and adults worldwide.

Campus Sigma News - One out of three teens is bullied worldwide UNESCO report
One out of three teens is bullied worldwide UNESCO report

Childhood bullying is a worldwide malaise. Many of us may recall an instance of being bullied when we were young. Unfortunately, for many, these unpleasant experiences aren’t just a distant memory. In fact, they’ve adversely affected their relationships well into adulthood. Bullying, or the abuse of power to distress or control another person, is prevalent across societies and circumstances the world over.

Campus sigma News - One out of three teens is bullied worldwide UNESCO report
One out of three teens is bullied worldwide UNESCO report

According to a global school-based student health survey conducted by U.N. agencies, 20% to 65% of children have reportedly been bullied verbally and physically in the last 30 days (GSHS, 2003-05).

In South Asia, World Health Organisation (WHO) surveys among school students aged 13-15 years in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, revealed that more than 45% of the boys and 35% of girls have been bullied in the last 30 days.

There have been very few studies in India that have focused on studying this malaise. In one such study, bullying was reported by 31% of school children between the ages of 8 and 12 years in rural India.

Campus Sigma News - One out of three teens is bullied worldwide UNESCO report
One out of three teens is bullied worldwide UNESCO report

As per the report, almost one-third of young teens worldwide have recently experienced bullying. The new data show that bullying affects children everywhere, across all regions and countries of different income levels. The data were collected from in-school surveys that track the physical and emotional health of youth.

UNESCO or United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a specialized agency of the United Nations, statement also said it will release a short report on October 8, 2018, looking deeper at a large number of international data sources on bullying and other forms of school violence, and revealing trends in prevalence over time.

A full version of the report, available in January 2019, will present an analysis of effective national responses to school violence and bullying through country case studies.

The main takeaways of the data

• One-third of youth globally experience bullying in school.

• Boys experience slightly higher rates of bullying than girls overall, but in countries where bullying is most pervasive, girls are more vulnerable.

• Low socio-economic status is the main predictor of whether young teens in wealthy countries will experience bullying in schools.

• Immigrant youth in wealthy countries are more likely to experience bullying in schools than locally-born youth.

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