Most kids targeted in primary school
ALMOST three quarters of Australian children have their first encounter with a bully during primary school.
A survey of more than 1000 Australian students in Years 7 to 10 found 72 per cent who had been bullied were first targeted in primary school, while a fifth were first bullied in Year 7. The McCrindle Research study, commissioned by youth activist Brett Murray, revealed most students felt that bullying was a moderate to extremely serious issue in their community.
Sixty-three per cent of high school children had been bullied at school, while almost half were bullied in places including parks, shops and near public transport hubs.
More than half of surveyed students said that bullying had a significant impact on them, while the same number said they avoided going to places where they might be targeted again.
The most common form of bullying is verbal, followed by physical aggression and cyberbullying perpetrated through email or social networking websites such as Facebook.