Written by Alyssa Walker

The UK government recently released the results of a major study that found that teenage girls are twice as likely to report bullying as teenage boys. 

In 2015, the Department for Education interviewed 10,000 15- and 16-year-old students about trends in bullying and compared their answers to a group of students in 2006. 

While girls are twice as likely to report name-calling and social exclusion, boys are more likely to report the threat of violence and actual violence.

The report said, “While violent forms of bullying have declined significantly, name calling and social exclusion have increased since 2006."

It also said, “Females reported higher rates of bullying overall in 2015 than in 2006, with the increase entirely caused by name calling and social exclusion, while the rate of bullying for males fell over the period,” the report said.

“These diverging trends led to females reporting significantly higher rates of bullying overall in 2015 than males, despite reporting similar rates in 2006,” the report said.

The report also noted that reports of bullying varied by ethnicity and race. Teenagers from African and Asian backgrounds were less likely to report bullying than white students. Youth from the poorest neighborhoods were also less likely to report bullying.

The researcher said, "It is unclear whether this suggests that bullying is equally an issue for affluent areas as it is for deprived areas or whether perceptions of bullying and reporting thresholds may differ by area."

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.
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