New research shows that one in for children have given up activities they enjoy because they’re scared of bullies and more than 90% of them say they have been bullied, or seen someone be bullied, for being intelligent or talented.
The disturbing report shows that bullying is resulting in pupils being scared to excel and giving up academic and non-academic activities, the BBC reports.
Nearly half of the 1,042 youngsters aged 11-16 in the Anti-Bullying Alliance survey have played down a talent for fear of being bullied and:
- one in 10 said they had played down their ability in science
- one in five girls and one in 10 boys have deliberately underachieved in maths
- 11% have stopped singing
- 8% have quit a sport.
Ross Hendry from the Anti-Bullying Alliance said: “Bullying is holding our children back and stifling their future. Let’s make a stand together this Anti-Bullying Week and make it clear that bullying is unacceptable and it must be tackled. We really are better without bullying.”
Are you aware of children sacrificing their skills and interests to avoid being bullied? What can schools do?